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Seanad Abolition

# seanad-abolition - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Enda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’

“Well, I come in peace, not in war,” Kenny told members in the upper house this afternoon.

# seanad-abolition - Thursday 10 October, 2013

Five-day weekend: The Seanad sat for just two days this week

The uncertainty over the future of the upper house meant that there wasn’t much business organised for this week.

# seanad-abolition - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

“I voted No. I was disappointed with how the campaign went.” – FG senator

A Fine Gael senator who was pro-abolition of the Seanad, has said that he voted against the referendum because he felt the Yes campaign was “disrespectful”.

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

Kenny: I’ve a busy schedule but I’ll talk about Seanad reform as soon as I can

The Taoiseach has proposed all-party talks involving leaders in the Dáil and Seanad on what to do with the upper house.

# seanad-abolition - Sunday 6 October, 2013

Jigsaws, ‘The Beatles’ and €20m: Fine Gaelers rue ‘dreadful’ Seanad abolition campaign

The post-mortem begins as Enda Kenny’s four-year campaign to get the Seanad abolished flounders.

Taoiseach had ‘no difficulty’ releasing Seanad referendum documents – but he didn’t

Enda Kenny told Micheál Martin he would forward information about the Seanad referendum compiled by a unit in his department to the Fianna Fáil leader but this didn’t happen before Friday’s vote.

# seanad-abolition - Saturday 5 October, 2013

AS IT HAPPENED: The Seanad is here to stay as referendum defeated

“Sometimes in politics, you get a wallop in the electoral process” – Enda Kenny

‘Sometimes in politics you get a wallop’: Taoiseach on referendum result

Enda Kenny said he welcomed the clarity that the referendum result has brought but added he was “naturally, personally disappointed”

‘It went down badly on the doorstep’: Taoiseach’s decision not to debate criticised

Enda Kenny’s decision to decline to participate in television debates during the Seanad referendum campaign has been criticised today.

‘We got the Twitter out’: Norris explains No side’s ‘success’ in Seanad referendum

David Norris was in sparkling form at Dublin Castle this afternoon.

Fianna Fáil: We put forward arguments which demolished Fine Gael and Sinn Féin

Niall Collins said that the party is not taking anything for granted but is encouraged by the results of tallies coming in from around the country.

Dublin set to reject Seanad abolition as referendum result to be tight

Too close to call is the word of the day.

# seanad-abolition - Friday 4 October, 2013

Get out the vote: Polls open across the country for two referenda

The campaigning is over. Now it’s over to you.

# seanad-abolition - Thursday 3 October, 2013

He won’t do any TV debates but here’s Enda Kenny’s pre-referendum message

He wants you to vote No. Ah no, we’re totally kidding…

Fianna Fáil: ‘This government is up to something more than just Seanad abolition’

Fianna Fáil has warned about the impact on the Constitution that abolishing the Seanad will have in its final appeal to voters today.

McDowell’s big book and 17 tweets from last night’s Seanad referendum debate Seanad Referendum This post contains images

# seanad-abolition - Wednesday 2 October, 2013

Fine Gael uses giant jigsaw to argue for abolition of ‘hijacked’ Seanad

After a little trouble with the colours of the Irish flag – and a little trip for Enda – we think they got the message across.

Labour: ‘The case for retention of the Seanad has failed’

Labour made its closing argument ahead of Friday’s referendum at a press conference in Dublin today.

Round 2? Unclear if Martin will debate Bruton again on Vincent Browne tonight

Vincent is really looking forward to it either way…

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

# seanad-abolition - Monday 30 September, 2013

We may be about to abolish it, but how has the Seanad ended up as it is today?

An historical perspective on the State’s Upper House explains its unusual method of composition and perhaps reveals its strange place in Irish politics.

Poll indicates Seanad referendum will pass, but a fifth don’t know how they’ll vote

Still a large number of undecideds according a poll in the Irish Times this morning.

Everything you need to know about the Seanad referendum but were afraid to ask

With the referendum looming, we answer the questions you’re probably asking.

# seanad-abolition - Saturday 28 September, 2013

Taoiseach: Micheál Martin is looking for notice and an opportunity

RTÉ has confirmed Enda Kenny had turned down an invitation to a TV debate. But the Fianna Fáil leader has said he hopes the Taoiseach will change his mind.

# seanad-abolition - Friday 27 September, 2013

Martin: I’m turning up for Seanad TV debate… but no one knows if the Taoiseach will

Micheál Martin has also said he has been invited by TV3 and Vincent Browne to debate Seanad abolition with the Taoiseach next week, in addition to the planned Prime Time debate on Tuesday.

‘Breaking Bad? Oh that’s great stuff’: TDs talk TV at another Seanad photo-op

Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton and Eoghan Murphy discussed the hit television show as they held another Seanad referendum photo-op in Dublin today.

Over two dozen academics urge No vote in Seanad referendum

A total of 27 academics have put their name to a letter in the Irish Times today.

# seanad-abolition - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

The Reform Alliance is calling for a No vote in the Seanad referendum

Lucinda Creighton said it would be “irresponsible of us not to advocate a position on it” in an interview this morning.

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

Martin to Taoiseach: ‘You’re adopting tactics that would make Libertas or Youth Defence blush’

The Fianna Fáil leader has hit out at the Taoiseach over claims from Fine Gael that abolishing the Seanad will save €20 million.

# seanad-abolition - Sunday 22 September, 2013

Column: Seanad abolition would see group-think prevail in our political system

Seanad abolition would exacerbate the problems of the state since the banking collapse in 2008 at a time when proper scrutiny, fresh ideas, and the potential for true political reform are most needed, writes Sean Barrett.

# seanad-abolition - Friday 20 September, 2013

Martin accepts RTÉ invite to debate on Seanad abolition but Taoiseach not keen

Micheál Martin has accepted an invitation to a head-to-head debate between the party leaders on 1 October but will the Taoiseach?

# seanad-abolition - Thursday 19 September, 2013

How much will Seanad abolition save? Quinn doesn’t know, but Hayes says it’s €20m

The Labour and Fine Gael ministers had different views on how much would be saved by abolishing the upper house.

# seanad-abolition - Wednesday 18 September, 2013

Column: Politicians love talking about change, but it’s time to go beyond words and abolish the Seanad

Ireland has seen dramatic change over the last five years; how can we credibly ask all other areas of the public sector to undergo radical reform if we, the body politic, aren’t willing to do the same? asks Simon Harris TD.

# seanad-abolition - Saturday 14 September, 2013

Mathews: ‘The Seanad is like a car with 90-day brakes and I like to be in a car that has brakes’

The newly-formed Reform Alliance reiterated that they are a group of individuals with no united decision on the Seanad.

# seanad-abolition - Friday 13 September, 2013

‘I can’t kiss you on the lips’: Little talk of Seanad as Gerry Adams canvasses in Dublin

The Sinn Féin president was popular as he walked the streets this morning but people were more interested in getting their picture with him than discussing the upper house.

Here’s how the Dáil will pass legislation if the Seanad is abolished

Committees would be radically overhauled and given the task of scrutinising legislation to an even greater degree under the government’s reform plans.

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 10 September, 2013

Fianna Fáil thinks Seanad abolition is ‘transparently ridiculous’, but Fine Gael disagrees

The two parties launched their Seanad referendum campaigns today.

# seanad-abolition - Monday 9 September, 2013

‘Do I get the brown envelope?’: Minister meets mixed reaction on Dublin canvass

Richard Bruton took a stroll in the Dublin sun earlier to meet potential voters in the Seanad referendum. He even bumped into a fellow Cabinet colleague…

Labour senators to join Mary O’Rourke in campaigning for Seanad to be saved

Two Labour senators will canvass with the former Fianna Fáil minister in the midlands this week.

# seanad-abolition - Saturday 7 September, 2013

Poll: Do you want to abolish the Seanad? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you want to abolish the Seanad?

There is now less than a month to go until the referendum which will ask Irish people whether they want to abolish or retain the upper house.

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