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Archive for January, 2007

Lack of Broadband “Embarrassing” and Dangerous

Many Senators today called for a debate on the National Developmen Plan. However, as Senator Brendan Ryan pointed out, we will not have much of a national development plan if we do not have broadband. There is a motion on the Order Paper in the names of all the Independent Senators calling for a far more robust and committed attitude to broadband.

Senator Ryan and I may approach this matter from different angles, but I agree with virtually everything he said. Ireland is becoming a dangerous place for foreign investment. If the word goes out that we have abandoned our broadband programme, which is true, foreign investment will cease to come here with the same enthusiasm as before.

Trinity Constituency

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This is the homepage for the University of Dublin (Trinity) constituency. Above, you will see pages for recent Trinity News, Trinity alumni events, some useful Trinity websites, as well as a page explaining Seanad Eireann. Below I explain who is entitled to vote in the Trinity Seanad election.

The graduates of the University of Dublin are represented in the Irish Parliament by three senators. If you are a graduate of the University and are a citizen of Ireland, North or South, then you are entitled to vote for these three seats. Furthermore, if you are a graduate of DIT and your degree has been awarded through Trinity, you are also entitled to vote on this constituency.


You do not have to be resident in Ireland, and the ballot is carried out by post. Graduates from all over the world vote in the Seanad elections – If you aren’t registered to vote, download the form below here: registration-form.pdf and claim your vote

Contact Me

If there are any issues on this site which interest you, or any which you think should be addressed in the Seanad, please contact me by post, telephone, or email.

Senator Shane Ross
Seanad Eireann
Leinster House
Kildare St
Dublin 2.

Tel: +353 1 618 3014
Home: +353 1 211 6692
Fax: + 353 1 618 4192
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Furthermore, graduates are most welcome to see the Oireachtas in action. Many Trinity graduates have particularly enjoyed viewing the sometimes rowdy Dáil and Seanad debates!

The visit takes in a tour of Leinster House, the visitors’ gallery of both the Dáil and Seanad chambers, and lunch in the Members’ Restaurant. Then we can repair to the Dáil bar.

New graduates are especially welcome to visit. If you would like to visit Leinster House, do please contact me.

“You can Stuff your Ten Grand!”

You might remember that last month, I appeared on the Late Late Show to make what I thought was a tempting offer to National Toll Roads (watch here). As a Senator, I get an allowance for political campaigns. I used this allowance to send toll boss Jim Barry a cheque for €10,000, asking him to use it to open the West-Link barriers for a specified time.

The purpose? To test his unchallenged assertion that opening the West-Link barriers to traffic would make no difference. The cheque was sent to fund any loss of revenue to poor NTR.
Jim politely told me to stuff my 10 grand – and then he failed to return the cheque! I am still waiting…


Independent University of Dublin Senator Shane Ross has spent his political and journalistic career as a voice for individuals and minorities.

He has constantly challenged the excesses of the Irish establishment including big business, the banks, political parties, and other vested interests.


Some of his more recent campaigns include:

  • TRANSPORT: Putting the M50 Westlink toll bridge rip-off on the Government agenda.
  • HOUSE PRICES: Turning the heat on estate agents who take advantage of vulnerable home buyers and sellers, leading to proper regulation.
  • IN THE SENATE CHAMBER: Forcing the government to withdraw measures to ban opinion polls before elections.
  • EIRCOM: Exposing the debacle of Eircom, and the shabby treatment of thousands of small shareholders.
  • CHILDCARE: Introducing a motion on the Senate floor to recognise the need for the government to give massive additional resources to improve the quality of life of all parents.
  • ADMISSIONS TO TCD: Campaigning to ensure that current regulations do not work to the exclusion of all applicants from Northern Ireland, Britain, and further afield.
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    Shane Ross was educated at St Stephen’s School Dublin, Rugby School, Trinity College Dublin, and the University of Geneva. At Trinity he studied History and Politics, and edited Miscellany magazine. He is a Vice-President of the Hist, the debating society formed by Edmund Burke in 1770.

    Today, Shane is the Business Editor of the Sunday Independent, Ireland’s biggest selling broadsheet. A qualified stockbroker, he was executive chairman of Dillon and Waldron stockbrokers, and Irish Times stock exchange correspondent for 8 years. He is director or chairman of several investment and hedge funds including the Barings New Russia and SVM Global funds, and former chairman of the Kleinwort European Privatisation Trust.

    He is married to Ruth Buchanan, presenter of RTE’s Playback, and has two children, both of whom are Trinity graduates.

    NTR: You know the ‘T’ Stands for Tolls!

    Last week, National Toll Roads released their interim results. The statement was full of the language of “Bioverda, biofuels, Greenstar, Airtricity, ethanol and global warming.” Buried at the bottom, on page four, was a brief reference to the infamous West-Link toll bridge. A footnote. The toll road company is brushing the toll bridge out of its history!

    Perhaps I am wrong, but I thought that National Toll Roads owned the East-Link toll bridge over the Liffey as well as the more catastrophic West-Link? Perhaps I am wrong, but surely NTR will operate the North-Link (Drogheda by-pass) from now until 2030? Perhaps I am wrong, but is NTR not the operator on the Waterford N25 now under construction? And why is it tendering for the Portlaoise bypass? Will its staff be sowing brown rice on the roadside?