Sinn Féin-Labour voting pact in Seanad

I am pleased to hear that Labour and Sinn Féin are discussing the option of having a voting pact for the Seanad elections.

If the deal is struck it will see Pearse Doherty elected to the Seanad as Sinn Féin's first member of the Upper House of the Oireachtas.

In return for Labour votes for Pearse on the 11-seat agriculture panel it would see Sinn Féin's 58 votes used for Labour's Alex White on the cultural and educational panel.

I believe that this is a welcome development.

Readers of this blog will know that I would like to see a progressive left-wing alliance formed in this country.

That will take political will on behalf of the parties on the left. It will involve us putting aside personality and petty party political differences.

This voting pact would be a small step but a welcome one none the less.

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