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Thread: University Qualification Required for TD's Assistant, Should it be a requirement for TD's also?

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    Default University Qualification Required for TD's Assistant, Should it be a requirement for TD's also?

    TD Colm Keaveney is recruiting, he needs a degree qualified Parliamentary Assistant. (per his website), quoted below.....

    The position is full time and will be based in Tuam and Dublin as the need arises. The candidate must be available seven days a week as on-call work will be required. The succesful candidate must share the values and aims of the Labour Party and have a knowledge of Labour Party policies and procedures. A knowledge of national and local politics relevant to the position will also be essential.

    The candidate must have a full, clean driving licence and a car as extensive travel throughout the constituency and to and from Dublin will be required as per contract.

    The ideal candidate will have a relevant primary degree or postgraduate qualification and will have experience of working in a similar position in the past.


    Should a university qualification be a requirement for TD's themselves?

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    He forgot to say the the candidate most be a member of SIPTU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pudna View Post
    TD Colm Keaveney is recruiting, he needs a degree qualified Parliamentary Assistant. (per his website), quoted below.....

    The position is full time and will be based in Tuam and Dublin as the need arises. The candidate must be available seven days a week as on-call work will be required. The succesful candidate must share the values and aims of the Labour Party and have a knowledge of Labour Party policies and procedures. A knowledge of national and local politics relevant to the position will also be essential.

    The candidate must have a full, clean driving licence and a car as extensive travel throughout the constituency and to and from Dublin will be required as per contract.

    The ideal candidate will have a relevant primary degree or postgraduate qualification and will have experience of working in a similar position in the past.


    Should a university qualification be a requirement for TD's themselves?

    Bill Gates doesn't have one - Mary Coughlan does. So, no.

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    Perhaps you think the vote should also be limited to those with degrees, too?

    Of all the daft ideas I've seen on here for electoral reform, this one takes the biscuit.
    Put a thief among honest men and they will eventually relieve him of his watch. Flann O'Brien

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    Then you end up with even more teachers and lawyers. It should not be about educational qualifications but about the ability to do the actual job. Practically all of the current batch fail on those grounds. They get elected, move the deckchairs around, take the money and wait until the next election. They are not fit for purpose.

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    No. This would send eijjets to university with the explicit purpose of getting a degree only so that they could be ready to inherit the family seat.
    Coveney's ambition is the be Ireland's next EU Commissar and Ireland will pay a price as he builds his CV to position himself sufficiently loyal to the nEU empire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoneen View Post
    Bill Gates doesn't have one - Mary Coughlan does. So, no.
    This information does not in itself prove or disprove anything, unless you are saying that Bill Gates capability level is typical of Irish people without degrees, and Mary Coughlan capabilities are typical of those with degrees in Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by statsman View Post
    Perhaps you think the vote should also be limited to those with degrees, too?

    Of all the daft ideas I've seen on here for electoral reform, this one takes the biscuit.

    And besides, it would be unconstitutional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvotingMachine0197 View Post
    And besides, it would be unconstitutional.
    Do I hear a referendum off in the distance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoneen View Post
    Bill Gates doesn't have one - Mary Coughlan does. So, no.
    Garret Fitzgerald did have one, Jackie Healy Rae......not sure.

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