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# seanad - Monday 18 December, 2017

Taoiseach says ministers will be allowed 'dissent' on Eighth Amendment

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar added that his own personal views wouldn’t decide what stance the Cabinet takes.

# seanad - Thursday 16 November, 2017

'Couldn't negotiate a piss up in a brewery': Row erupts in Seanad over Ireland's failed Rugby bid

Senators Terry Leyden and Neale Richmond had a war of words over the failed Rugby World Cup bid.

# seanad - Monday 23 October, 2017

Opinion: 'Our indifference to our flag and anthem is actually healthy'

Placing legislative restrictions on how our anthem is used would be an unnecessary limitation on our freedom of expression, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

# seanad - Friday 6 October, 2017

How should we protect our national anthem? The Seanad wants your input Amhrán Na BhFiann This post contains a poll

How should we protect our national anthem? The Seanad wants your input

What would be classed as misuse of the anthem, and how should potential misuses be punished?

# seanad - Tuesday 26 September, 2017

Senators are back today, and they have some new digs

The old Seanad chamber is closed for essential renovation works.

# seanad - Wednesday 19 July, 2017

Last call for Good Friday drinking ban as bill passes in the Seanad

The Senator who proposed the bill said its passing marks “another progressive step in Ireland’s long journey of separation between Church and State.”

Law change will make it easier for refugee families to reunite in Ireland

A new Bill will amend the International Protection Act 2015, which covers the reunification of refugee families.

# seanad - Wednesday 28 June, 2017

Norris lets rip on vulture funds: 'Why were they allowed into this country?'

Speaking about his new Housing Co-op Bill, Norris said people appear to have forgotten that “eviction” is a dirty word in Ireland.

# seanad - Thursday 22 June, 2017

Former Fianna Fáil senator Des Hanafin has died

He was aged 86.

# seanad - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

'I'm surprised that the leader of our country had the neck to walk in Darkness Into Light'

Senator Joan Freeman originally praised the Taoiseach for his involvement, but took a different view today in the Seanad.

# seanad - Sunday 30 April, 2017

'Darkness Into Light allows us to talk about the wound left by suicide' Pieta House This post contains videos

'Darkness Into Light allows us to talk about the wound left by suicide'

Senator Joan Freeman talks to us about mental health services and being ‘a pain in the government’s neck’.

# seanad - Sunday 9 April, 2017

'I couldn't believe they over-medicated my father to shut him up because he was singing'

During a debate on proposed new laws to protect the vulnerable, Senator Lynn Ruane opened up about her own experience.

# seanad - Sunday 2 April, 2017

'People are getting exploited': New law aims to ensure waiting staff get their tips

Put forward by Sinn Féin senators, the law aims to ensure “transparency” over where your tip is going.

# seanad - Wednesday 29 March, 2017

Fianna Fáil accused of u-turn ahead of debate on lowering voting age to 16

Proposed legislation would reduce the voting age for local and European Parliament elections.

Poll: Should the voting age be lowered to 16? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

The proposal will be debated in the Seanad today.

# seanad - Monday 20 February, 2017

# seanad - Monday 30 January, 2017

A Fine Gael politician has not fully repaid the large allowance he was given after losing his Dáil seat Exclusive

Senator Ray Butler received the payment after he lost his Dáil seat in Meath.

# seanad - Sunday 15 January, 2017

Trivialities of the 'reformed' Seanad: 'Senators talking about All-Ireland tickets and seagulls'

Voters chose by a narrow margin in a referendum in 2013 to retain the Seanad. It’s unlikely they are happy with that decision, writes Senator Gerard P Craughwell.

# seanad - Wednesday 14 December, 2016

New laws could curb disputes over wills in Ireland

The Registration of Wills Bill 2016 will introduce compulsory registration of wills in the country.

# seanad - Monday 5 December, 2016

'My thinking on social issues is really beginning to evolve': Lynn Ruane on her first full term in the Seanad

Independent Lynn Ruane has been an active campaigner on social issues since her election to the Seanad.

# seanad - Tuesday 29 November, 2016

Nicola Sturgeon urges Ireland and Scotland to 'send a powerful signal' around the world

Scotland’s First Minister is on a two-day visit to Dublin, but is not meeting Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

# seanad - Sunday 13 November, 2016

Environmentalists cut "deep wounds" in government's bill on hedge-cutting extension

The Irish Wildlife Trust has said that Minister Heather Humphreys ‘isn’t taking the protection of our natural heritage seriously’.

# seanad - Friday 11 November, 2016

Seanad to temporarily relocate to National Museum despite objections

The move, which is expected to cost around €1.5 million, is to accommodate renovations at Leinster House.

# seanad - Wednesday 2 November, 2016

The National Museum has 'no spare space for vagrant Senators' (according to An Taisce)

A statement from the national trust said the museum “has no spare space for the convenience of vagrant senators”.

# seanad - Thursday 20 October, 2016

Phil Hogan says the UK is 'going to learn a hard lesson' over Brexit

The Agriculture Commissioner said the UK can’t “have its cake and eat it” and dismissed Brexiteers’ “posturing and fancy talk”.

# seanad - Tuesday 18 October, 2016

Staff 'weeping' over plans to temporarily rehouse Seanad in wing of National Museum

Refurbishment of the Seanad is expected to take two years.

# seanad - Wednesday 12 October, 2016

Not happy - Fine Gael senators have been giving out about All Ireland tickets... again

The Seanad was today discussing a bill concerning its own reform, and ended up covering some well-trodden ground.

# seanad - Wednesday 22 June, 2016

So they've been talking about seagulls in the Seanad again

They’re tearing refuse bags to pieces and don’t seem to understand bedtime, a FG senator complained.

# seanad - Wednesday 1 June, 2016

Pieta House founder will donate €65k senator salary to the charity

Joan Freeman was named as one of the Taoiseach’s nominees to the Seanad last week.

# seanad - Saturday 28 May, 2016

Leinster House is crumbling, here's why they want to close it for the summer

Leinster House is to undergo its most significant restoration work to date.

James Reilly "honoured" to join Seanad he once called "very undemocratic" and with "no power"

In a 2013 statement calling for the Seanad to be abolished, Reilly labelled it “very undemocratic” and said it had “no power.”

# seanad - Friday 27 May, 2016

Here's who the Taoiseach has chosen to fill the remaining Seanad seats

The Taoiseach picked some Fine Gael TDs who lost their seats in February’s general election.

Poll: Should the Seanad have been scrapped? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Seanad have been scrapped?

The Taoiseach’s nominees to the upper house will be announced today.

# seanad - Friday 20 May, 2016

"The Taoiseach is moving far too slowly" - Labour senator hits out at Enda for delay in Seanad nominations

Kevin Humphreys said that the Seanad appointments and ministerial appointments would amount to “jobs for the boys”.

# seanad - Monday 9 May, 2016

Fianna Fáil senator says he filed expense claims "as honestly as he could"

Brian Ó Domhnaill claimed expenses for attending events in different locations on the same days.

# seanad - Sunday 1 May, 2016

What does it mean to be a republican in 2016? We asked this Sinn Féin senator 1916 Pride This post contains videos

What does it mean to be a republican in 2016? We asked this Sinn Féin senator

Fintan Warfield thinks ‘you don’t have to be a Shinner to be a republican’.

# seanad - Friday 29 April, 2016

Lynn Ruane: 'I never had a desire to move into politics'

Ruane says she hopes to champion the causes that are close to her heart.

# seanad - Thursday 28 April, 2016

'Young trans people don't turn trans when they're 18, they deserve so much better' Gender Recognition This post contains videos

'Young trans people don't turn trans when they're 18, they deserve so much better'

Newly-elected Sinn Féin senator Fintan Warfield thinks a lot still needs to be done to help young trans people living in Ireland.

# seanad - Wednesday 27 April, 2016

Averil Power loses out to Lynn Ruane in battle for Seanad seat

There’ll be plenty of familiar faces in the upper house.

# seanad - Tuesday 26 April, 2016

Is today's Seanad election a pointless exercise in futility?

If we don’t get a government deal, then yes, probably.

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