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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.
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.
It would cost €900 million to abolish Irish Water...
… according to Brendan Howlin.
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.
‘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.
Get out the vote: Polls open across the country for two referenda
The campaigning is over. Now it’s over to you.
'The €20m figure is absolutely authoritative': Fine Gael is sticking to its guns
The party is not for turning…
'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.
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.
'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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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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.
'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.
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.
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?
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.
Young Fine Gael split on Seanad abolition
Members met and voted at this weekend’s Garret Fitzgerald Summer School.
"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?
Senator David Norris has been criticised for saying a Fine Gael TD was “talking through her fanny” – but does he need to say sorry?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.