Opportunity to Seek Seanad Nomination

Opportunity to Seek Seanad Nomination

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Nominating bodies, of which Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) is one, for the Seanad Administrative Panel are currently seeking applications from individuals who wish to be nominated as a candidate for the Administrative Panel in the April 2016 Seanad Election.

The Seanad was originally designed to have a strong vocational input from civil society through its five vocational panels. A number of nominating bodies of the Seanad Administrative Panel, have undertaken to make a public call for applicants who wish to be nominated to contest the forthcoming Seanad Election. The organisations are committed to nominating person or persons who "have knowledge and practical experience concerning public administration and social services, including voluntary social activities" as required by the constitution and relevant legislation.

In total 14 organisations, known as “Nominating Bodies” are entitled to nominate candidates to contest the Seanad election on the Administrative Panel. The current 14 comprise of 12 disability organisations including Irish Wheelchair Association.

The call for candidates commenced on, Monday 22nd February (Please See Public Advertisement Below) and closing date is next Monday 29th February 2016. Following that there is a process to achieve compliance with the qualifying criteria for candidates to contest the Administrative Panel and then the participating nominating bodies will elect a candidate or candidates and put them forward for nomination to contest the Seanad election.

Interested persons should apply by way of email to: seanad2016@carmichaelcentre.ie attaching a letter detailing their suitability for selection as per the candidate criteria agreed by the Panel nominating bodies.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 29th February 2016.

Supporting information including the Candidate Pledge and Criteria is available at www.carmichaelcentre.ie additional details are available by calling 01 873 5702.

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