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# Seanad Abolition

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# Change of heart
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 reform
Enda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’
“Well, I come in peace, not in war,” Kenny told members in the upper house this afternoon.
# 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 referendum
"I voted No. I was disappointed with how the campaign went." - FG senator
A Fine Gael senator who was pro-abolition of the Seanad, has said that he voted against the referendum because he felt the Yes campaign was “disrespectful”.
# Seanad reform
Kenny: I've a busy schedule but I'll talk about Seanad reform as soon as I can
The Taoiseach has proposed all-party talks involving leaders in the Dáil and Seanad on what to do with the upper house.
# Seanad referendum
Jigsaws, ‘The Beatles’ and €20m: Fine Gaelers rue ‘dreadful’ Seanad abolition campaign
The post-mortem begins as Enda Kenny’s four-year campaign to get the Seanad abolished flounders.
# Seanad referendum
Taoiseach had 'no difficulty' releasing Seanad referendum documents - but he didn't
Enda Kenny told Micheál Martin he would forward information about the Seanad referendum compiled by a unit in his department to the Fianna Fáil leader but this didn’t happen before Friday’s vote.
AS IT HAPPENED
The Seanad is here to stay as referendum defeated
“Sometimes in politics, you get a wallop in the electoral process” – Enda Kenny
# Seanad Abolition
'Sometimes in politics you get a wallop': Taoiseach on referendum result
Enda Kenny said he welcomed the clarity that the referendum result has brought but added he was “naturally, personally disappointed”
# Seanad referendum
'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.
# Seanad referendum
'We got the Twitter out': Norris explains No side's 'success' in Seanad referendum
David Norris was in sparkling form at Dublin Castle this afternoon.
# Seanad referendum
Fianna Fáil: We put forward arguments which demolished Fine Gael and Sinn Féin
Niall Collins said that the party is not taking anything for granted but is encouraged by the results of tallies coming in from around the country.
# Seanad Abolition
Dublin set to reject Seanad abolition as referendum result to be tight
Too close to call is the word of the day.
# Let's vote
Get out the vote: Polls open across the country for two referenda
The campaigning is over. Now it’s over to you.
# Seanad referendum
He won't do any TV debates but here's Enda Kenny's pre-referendum message
He wants you to vote No. Ah no, we’re totally kidding…
# Seanad referendum
Fianna Fáil: 'This government is up to something more than just Seanad abolition'
Fianna Fáil has warned about the impact on the Constitution that abolishing the Seanad will have in its final appeal to voters today.
# Seanad referendum
McDowell's big book and 17 tweets from last night's Seanad referendum debate
He hasn’t gone away you know…
# Seanad referendum
Fine Gael uses giant jigsaw to argue for abolition of 'hijacked' Seanad
After a little trouble with the colours of the Irish flag – and a little trip for Enda – we think they got the message across.
# Seanad referendum
Labour: 'The case for retention of the Seanad has failed'
Labour made its closing argument ahead of Friday’s referendum at a press conference in Dublin today.
# Seanad referendum
Round 2? Unclear if Martin will debate Bruton again on Vincent Browne tonight
Vincent is really looking forward to it either way…
# Seanad referendum
'The €20m figure is absolutely authoritative': Fine Gael is sticking to its guns
The party is not for turning…
# Seanad referendum
We may be about to abolish it, but how has the Seanad ended up as it is today?
An historical perspective on the State’s Upper House explains its unusual method of composition and perhaps reveals its strange place in Irish politics.
# Seanad referendum
Poll indicates Seanad referendum will pass, but a fifth don't know how they'll vote
Still a large number of undecideds according a poll in the Irish Times this morning.
# Seanad referendum
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.
# TV debate
Taoiseach: Micheál Martin is looking for notice and an opportunity
RTÉ has confirmed Enda Kenny had turned down an invitation to a TV debate. But the Fianna Fáil leader has said he hopes the Taoiseach will change his mind.
# Seanad referendum
Martin: I'm turning up for Seanad TV debate... but no one knows if the Taoiseach will
Micheál Martin has also said he has been invited by TV3 and Vincent Browne to debate Seanad abolition with the Taoiseach next week, in addition to the planned Prime Time debate on Tuesday.
# Seanad referendum
'Breaking Bad? Oh that's great stuff': TDs talk TV at another Seanad photo-op
Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton and Eoghan Murphy discussed the hit television show as they held another Seanad referendum photo-op in Dublin today.
# Academics say No
Over two dozen academics urge No vote in Seanad referendum
A total of 27 academics have put their name to a letter in the Irish Times today.
# taking a stand
The Reform Alliance is calling for a No vote in the Seanad referendum
Lucinda Creighton said it would be “irresponsible of us not to advocate a position on it” in an interview this morning.
# Seanad referendum
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.
Voices
Column: Seanad abolition would see group-think prevail in our political system
Seanad abolition would exacerbate the problems of the state since the banking collapse in 2008 at a time when proper scrutiny, fresh ideas, and the potential for true political reform are most needed, writes Sean Barrett.
# Seanad referendum
Martin accepts RTÉ invite to debate on Seanad abolition but Taoiseach not keen
Micheál Martin has accepted an invitation to a head-to-head debate between the party leaders on 1 October but will the Taoiseach?
# Seanad referendum
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.
Voices
Column: Politicians love talking about change, but it's time to go beyond words and abolish the Seanad
Ireland has seen dramatic change over the last five years; how can we credibly ask all other areas of the public sector to undergo radical reform if we, the body politic, aren’t willing to do the same? asks Simon Harris TD.
# Seanad referendum
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.
# Reform Alliance
Mathews: ‘The Seanad is like a car with 90-day brakes and I like to be in a car that has brakes’
The newly-formed Reform Alliance reiterated that they are a group of individuals with no united decision on the Seanad.
# Seanad referendum
'I can't kiss you on the lips': Little talk of Seanad as Gerry Adams canvasses in Dublin
The Sinn Féin president was popular as he walked the streets this morning but people were more interested in getting their picture with him than discussing the upper house.
# Seanad referendum
Here's how the Dáil will pass legislation if the Seanad is abolished
Committees would be radically overhauled and given the task of scrutinising legislation to an even greater degree under the government’s reform plans.
# Seanad referendum
Fianna Fáil thinks Seanad abolition is 'transparently ridiculous', but Fine Gael disagrees
The two parties launched their Seanad referendum campaigns today.
# Seanad referendum
‘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…