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# senators - Wednesday 18 April, 2018

Politicians who don't pay their bar tab will have it deducted from their salary

The Taoiseach encouraged the Oireachtas to investigate how to chase up politicians who fail to pay their bills.

# senators - Monday 31 July, 2017

€4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election

199 former staff shared in the redundancy payouts, with eight ex-employees receiving packages worth more than €100,000 apiece.

# senators - 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.

# senators - 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.

# senators - Friday 14 October, 2016

Poll: Should there be a dress code for TDs and Senators? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should there be a dress code for TDs and Senators?

A number of TDs wore Repeal jumpers in the chamber last month.

# senators - Friday 27 May, 2016

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.

# senators - 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.

# senators - Thursday 3 March, 2016

Here's who's running for the Seanad's university panels

The postal ballot will begin from 21 March.

# senators - Friday 29 May, 2015

That's a grand break, isn't it?

TDs will, of course, be up to HERE in constituency work over the next 11 days or so.

# senators - Sunday 1 March, 2015

Where have you seen these political faces before?

They all have one place in common besides the Dáil.

# senators - Sunday 22 February, 2015

Out of the frying pan: Which Senators want to become TDs?

‘People criticise using the Seanad as a platform to the Dáil … but it makes sense.’

# senators - Wednesday 21 January, 2015

'Lucinda or Shane never knocked at my door ... they probably knew better'

So, are any Senators going to join the new alliance or party?

# senators - Tuesday 30 December, 2014

Enda Kenny might appoint a senator to the Cabinet*

*If he’s re-elected.

# senators - Sunday 21 December, 2014

Senators start campaign to have a referendum on the Water Services Bill

Here’s what would have to happen to get it underway.

# senators - Saturday 20 December, 2014

The Seanad debated the Water Services Bill well into the wee hours

Senators are now expected to return on Monday to continue the debate.

# senators - Tuesday 16 December, 2014

'Sickened by the threats': Will Senators reject water charges?

“If the Seanad wants to be taken seriously it must do the right thing and not be merely a rubber stamp for the Government’s brutal austerity policies.”

# senators - Wednesday 10 December, 2014

From The42 This sacked NHL coach bowed out with a devastating Taylor Swift quote Never Ever Ever

This sacked NHL coach bowed out with a devastating Taylor Swift quote

And it got one woman fierce excited.

# senators - Tuesday 25 November, 2014

WATCH: David Norris condemns 'knickers shops and ignorant buildings' in Dublin city

“What I have seen has absolutely horrified me.”

# senators - Wednesday 12 November, 2014

Gardaí say TDs are allowed to make 'unfounded, unsubstantiated and malicious allegations'

Should politicians be allowed to say what they want in the Dáil and Seanad?

# senators - Monday 3 November, 2014

We asked every TD and Senator if they're paying their water charges. Here's what they said...

Most elected representatives intend to pay their water bills, but some won’t and some are undecided….

# senators - Friday 24 October, 2014

After senators agreed to recognise the state Palestine, will TDs follow suit?

After senators agreed to recognise the state Palestine, will TDs follow suit?

Fianna Fáil are pushing for a Dáil vote on the issue.

# senators - Saturday 6 September, 2014

Fishing rods, fizzy drinks and Gulfstream Jets: Winners and losers - and one for you to decide - from the political week House Of Cards This post contains a poll

Fishing rods, fizzy drinks and Gulfstream Jets: Winners and losers - and one for you to decide - from the political week

You win some, you lose some — and with the Cabinet back, it’s been a busy week in both categories.

# senators - Wednesday 3 September, 2014

TDs and Senators will meet the Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors today

TDs and Senators will meet the Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors today

Expect some very pointed questions…

# senators - Monday 1 September, 2014

READ: Former US President Jimmy Carter's appeal to TDs over prostitution

Short version: “Get a move on, guys.”

# senators - Wednesday 30 July, 2014

'A right pain in the bum': Most senators are coming back tomorrow... but some are on holidays

We contacted all members of the Seanad to find out if they’ll be coming back for debates on Gaza and Ukraine tomorrow.

# senators - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Nine months after it was saved, the Seanad is finally being reformed

The proposals are intended to improve efficiency, but don’t address who can vote in Seanad elections.

# senators - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

"We must have been shaming them": Carers prevented from holding launch in Leinster House

Groups are no longer being allowed to use a conference room in the Oireachtas to hold pre-Budget briefings. A way for politicians to avoid attending?

# senators - Friday 13 June, 2014

Susan O'Keeffe would have got a better reaction 'if she said she was hungover'

The senator’s reason for missing a crucial vote on selection of members for the banking inquiry committee was criticised by some this week.

# senators - Thursday 12 June, 2014

How should TDs and Senators deal with whistleblowers? Here's some advice they got...

A guidance note was issued to all deputies and senators last night in the wake of recent controversies surrounding whistleblowers.

# senators - Tuesday 6 May, 2014

Education, training and legal help all lacking for trafficking victims - Immigrant Council of Ireland

The ICI spoke to the Seanad and have outlined how over half of those trafficked to Ireland do not get access to proper supports.

# senators - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Senators pass law banning smoking in cars with children - and the government's backing it

The bill now moves to the Dáil where it will have government support.

# senators - Friday 28 February, 2014

One person received 70 per cent of all big political donations last year

Meanwhile, fourteen elected representatives didn’t declare their donation statements and may now face prosecution.

# senators - Wednesday 19 February, 2014

RSVP: Senators want to invite Pope Francis to Ireland

A visit from Pope Francis to Ireland would begin the healing process, says Senator David Norris who tabled the motion.

# senators - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

Senator admits his two-day week 'gives the impression the Seanad is full of dossers'

Earlier, the Taoiseach promised that senators will get more work once legislation to give all third-level graduates a vote in Seanad elections is passed. The upper house is sitting for just a day-and-a-half this week.

# senators - Friday 24 January, 2014

This is how the government plans to tackle the politicians' allowance bill

Yesterday Minister Brendan Howlin introduced new legislation in the Dail which will keep closer checks on how TDs and Senators spend the money.

# senators - Tuesday 24 December, 2013

'A taser for the Ceann Comhairle': Here's what our politicians are asking Santa for this Christmas

Even TDs and Senators are writing letters to the big fella in the North Pole this year…

# senators - Saturday 21 December, 2013

Developing the 'hard neck': TDs on death threats, abuse, and their coping strategies

Is enough being done to help out TDs and Senators cope with the abuse they receive and the difficult cases they have to deal with in their constituencies? takes a look.

# senators - Wednesday 11 December, 2013

CRC grilling, powercuts, and everything else happening in Leinster House today

What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…

# senators - Wednesday 4 December, 2013

Keaveney: Mistakes were made but Micheál Martin has apologised for them

Colm Keaveney tells why he is now a member of Fianna Fáil and why he didn’t run for Europe.

# senators - Wednesday 27 November, 2013

"Initiative overload": ASTI bring Junior Cycle concerns to TDs and Senators

Teachers say they have major concerns about how the plans will be implemented. Initial talks with the Department took place on Monday.

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