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#abolition

# abolition - Wednesday 1 June, 2016

Alan Kelly says he's been proven right about Irish Water

A statement from the European Commission would appear to tie the government’s hands on scrapping water charges.

# abolition - Tuesday 29 March, 2016

Leaked legal advice claims water charges can't be scrapped - but some aren't so sure

Irish Water says that under EU law Ireland must charge for water services.

# abolition - Wednesday 29 April, 2015

It would cost €900 million to abolish Irish Water...

… according to Brendan Howlin.

# abolition - Monday 23 December, 2013

Forfás dissolution will 'strengthen capacity and drive job-creation policy'

Under the new legislation, the functions of the quango will be transferred to Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

# abolition - Saturday 5 October, 2013

‘Reflection’ the buzz word but Taoiseach and Tánaiste appear open to Seanad reform

The government must now decide what it plans to do with the retained upper house.

'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.

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

Too close to call is the word of the day.

# 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.

# abolition - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

# abolition - Monday 30 September, 2013

'Happy to do that': Bruton will present €20m cheque in 2017 if Seanad is abolished

Fine Gael’s argument that abolishing the Seanad will save €20 million was again under scrutiny today with the Minister giving a commitment to the Irish public.

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.

# 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.

# abolition - Monday 23 September, 2013

'Fundamentally undemocratic': Ex-Labour TDs want Yes vote in Seanad referendum

Róisín Shortall, Patrick Nulty and Tommy Broughan want people to vote Yes in just over a week’s time.

# abolition - Sunday 22 September, 2013

Seanad's newest member wants it abolished, admits it's a 'gateway' to the Dáil

Hildegarde Naughton said she sees the upper house as a “gateway” and said she wants “to get a feel for the workings of the Dáil and Senate”.

# abolition - Friday 20 September, 2013

FG: Scrapping the Seanad saves €20m. Oireachtas: Um, there's no way to know

The €20 million saving has been a central plank of Fine Gael’s pro-abolition campaign – but now the Oireachtas says there’s no way to know how much will be saved if the Seanad goes.

# 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.

# abolition - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Oireachtas: It's not possible to estimate how much abolishing Seanad would save

The Houses of the Oireachtas has said it is not possible to estimate the amount of net actual savings that would arise from Seanad abolition despite Fine Gael’s repeated claim that it would be €20 million per year.

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.

# abolition - Monday 16 September, 2013

Poll shows only half of Labour and Sinn Féin voters support Seanad abolition

Data from the Red C poll published in the Sunday Business Post at the weekend shows that there is strong support among Fine Gael voters for abolition.

# 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.

# abolition - Monday 2 September, 2013

Are you registered to vote in the October referendums?

Now you can check through Facebook.

# abolition - Monday 19 August, 2013

Fine Gael: There’s no ‘secret report’ which convinced Taoiseach to abolish Seanad Seanad Referendum This post contains videos

Fine Gael: There’s no ‘secret report’ which convinced Taoiseach to abolish Seanad

The party has said the proposal to abolish the Seanad came from a New Politics document published in March 2010, six months after Enda Kenny first called for the chamber to be scrapped.

# abolition - Friday 16 August, 2013

'Half of Labour's TDs and senators' are against abolition of the Seanad

The party has confirmed its intention to support government policy and a Yes vote on 4 October but its chief whip says that there is a 50-50 split in the parliamentary party over the future of the Seanad.

# abolition - Wednesday 14 August, 2013

McDowell insists Ireland is not a failed State, says Seanad costs us each €1.60

The former Tánaiste Michael McDowell claims that that the Seanad costs each Irish citizen the price of a two litre bottle of milk every year.

# abolition - Saturday 10 August, 2013

Viagra, leprosy and kids who hate school: The week in numbers

Plus: How many hoax calls are made to the HSE ambulance service every day?

# abolition - Saturday 27 July, 2013

Brian Hayes on why he told John Crown: 'You lick yourself every night' Seanad Referendum This post contains videos

Brian Hayes on why he told John Crown: 'You lick yourself every night'

The junior minister got into a heated argument with senator John Crown during a recent debate on the Seanad abolition.

# abolition - Sunday 21 July, 2013

Young Fine Gael split on Seanad abolition

Members met and voted at this weekend’s Garret Fitzgerald Summer School.

# abolition - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

"Personal animosity" shouldn't be part of Seanad abolition debate - Howlin David Norris This post contains videos

"Personal animosity" shouldn't be part of Seanad abolition debate - Howlin

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform said he expects a “robust debate” on the whether or not to introduce a unicameral system of government.

Doherty: Norris comments gave Seanad abolition campaign a boost

The Fine Gael TD was referring to Norris saying she was “talking through her fanny” while in the Seanad yesterday.

Poll: Should David Norris apologise to Regina Doherty? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should David Norris apologise to Regina Doherty?

Senator David Norris has been criticised for saying a Fine Gael TD was “talking through her fanny” – but does he need to say sorry?

# abolition - Monday 15 July, 2013

Video: David Norris accuses Fine Gael TD of ‘speaking out of her f***y’ Seanad Abolition This post contains videos

Video: David Norris accuses Fine Gael TD of ‘speaking out of her f***y’

Adolf Hitler also got a mention in the upper house this afternoon.

Richard Bruton: The Seanad is a luxury we can no longer afford

Minister Bruton and TD Regina Doherty will lead the campaign to abolish the Seanad, it was announced today.

# abolition - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Enda Kenny: 'Genuine Seanad reform would be almost impossible to achieve'

The Taoiseach told senators today that abolishing the upper house is the biggest package of reform since the passing of the Constitution in 1937.

# abolition - Monday 10 June, 2013

Video: Shane Ross says the Seanad should be 'burned at the stake' Seanad Abolition This post contains videos

Video: Shane Ross says the Seanad should be 'burned at the stake'

But the independent TD and several of his colleagues want the upper house reformed and hopes to get support from Labour and Fine Gael TDs this week.

# abolition - Saturday 8 June, 2013

Government indicates Seanad will be reformed if abolition is rejected

The government has said that those who want the Seanad reformed “have the opportunity to vote no” in the October referendum.

# abolition - Friday 7 June, 2013

Hogan appoints five-member panel to oversee Seanad referendum

The Referendum Commission will be chaired by Justice Elizabeth Dunne, whenever the Oireachtas passes the referendum bill.

# abolition - Thursday 6 June, 2013

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Explainer: What else will change if we scrap the Seanad?

The formal legislation to change the Constitution and delete the Seanad is out today. So what’s in it?

McDowell: There are no muppets in the Seanad, but there are clowns in the Dáil

Former Tánaiste Michael McDowell is arguing for the retention and the reform of the Seanad.

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