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# Maurice Cummins

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# Labour
Another by-election on the way as Senator Jimmy Harte resigns
The Donegal senator sustained serious head injuries in an accidental fall nearly two years ago.
# Seanadigans
The government is having a really bad day in the Seanad
The coalition has a minority in the upper house at present.
# changes in the chamber
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.
# Row
Here's how the government could restore its majority on the banking inquiry
The first meeting of the special Oireachtas Committee was due to get underway tomorrow but has now been postponed indefinitely amid a row over the number of government members on the inquiry.
# Banking Inquiry
'Akin to Hamlet without the Prince': Senator concerned over Anglo 'exclusion' from banking inquiry
Senators have been debating changes to standing orders that will allow for the establishment of a banking inquiry in the coming months.
# Seanad
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 Recall
Senator accused of ‘talking through his derriere’ and ‘invoking memory of Bobby Ewing’
The Seanad is debating an emergency motion to annul legislation on organ transplantation.
# rebellion
Three Labour senators break ranks over plan to scrap Seanad
The three senators are now likely to be kicked out of the Labour Parliamentary Party after supporting an opposition motion.
# Defeated
Government defeated – twice – in Seanad votes over reform talks
Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and independent members join forces to force a debate on circumventing plans to scrap the Seanad.
# Seanad Éireann
David Norris to lodge Seanad complaint over media treatment
David Norris says he has been subjected to abusive media tactics similar to those being discussed at the UK’s Leveson Inquiry.
# Seanad Éireann
Seanad could sit more often than Dáil under new Leader's plans
Maurice Cummins wants to ensure that the Seanad sits on Fridays where possible – a practice not yet followed by the Dáil.