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#Seanad Abolition

# seanad-abolition - Monday 9 September, 2013

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.

# seanad-abolition - Saturday 7 September, 2013

Poll: Do you want to abolish the Seanad? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you want to abolish the Seanad?

There is now less than a month to go until the referendum which will ask Irish people whether they want to abolish or retain the upper house.

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

What was on Minister Bruton's agenda today? Well, here are his notes

A portion of the Jobs Minister’s notes were caught on camera outside Leinster House today.

Sinn Féin: How could we as Republicans stand over the Seanad in its current form?

The party is calling for a Yes vote in the 4 October referendum as it launched its campaign today.

# seanad-abolition - Wednesday 28 August, 2013

TD uses Dáil questions to see how effective Seanad is, Ministers tell her to find out herself

The deputy director of Fine Gael’s Seanad abolition campaign, Regina Doherty, used the parliamentary questions to find out information about the Seanad, but ministers in her own party told her to find out herself.

# seanad-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.

# seanad-abolition - Sunday 18 August, 2013

Poll: Have you decided how you'll vote in the Seanad referendum? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Have you decided how you'll vote in the Seanad referendum?

A new opinion poll has shown that 23 per cent of people don’t know what they’d like to see happen to the Seanad. Do you know how you’ll vote?

# seanad-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.

# 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.

# seanad-abolition - Friday 9 August, 2013

Support for Seanad abolition is down 3 per cent but still ahead in latest poll

Support for the plan to get rid of the Seanad is down, but is still 13 points ahead in the poll.

# seanad-abolition - Thursday 1 August, 2013

Does Richard Bruton still want Enda Kenny's job? Leadership This post contains videos

Does Richard Bruton still want Enda Kenny's job?

Bruton told that the two Fine Gael TDs have moved on from his attempted coup in 2010 but does he still have his eye on the prize?

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Seanad members' expenses cost €2.5 million every year, on top of salaries worth €4.2m

Fine Gael has published a breakdown of costs for the Seanad as part of its campaign to have the Upper House abolished. But a Labour senator says the move is nothing but “spin, spin, spin”.

Complaint made over Labour senator Denis Landy's 'bribe' claim

A member of the public has complained to the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission over an allegation by Denis Landy that he was approached with an offer of a holiday in exchange for missing a crucial Seanad vote.

# seanad-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.

# seanad-abolition - Friday 26 July, 2013

Sinn Féin is supporting the abolition of the 'elite and out of touch' Seanad

The party’s opposition will come as a surprise given it opposed the legislation which gave effect to a referendum on the abolition of the upper house.

# seanad-abolition - Wednesday 24 July, 2013

Government confirms date for Seanad and Court of Appeal referenda

Voters will be asked to vote on the 32nd and 33rd amendments to the Constitution later this year.

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Date set for referendum on Seanad abolition

Fine Gael has confirmed in a tweet this evening that the referendum will take place on Friday, 4 October.

# seanad-abolition - Monday 22 July, 2013

Senator claiming he was offered holiday to skip Seanad vote won't pursue matter

Denis Landy told the Sunday Independent he was offered a holiday in New York to coincide with Seanad votes on its abolition referendum but Labour says he is not pursuing the matter any further at this point.

Column: Seanad abolition would widen the democratic deficit in Ireland and Europe

The Seanad shouldn’t be abolished but reformed; without it, we will have no institution capable of protecting us from the mistakes of unelected technocrats, writes Fiachra Ó Raghallaigh.

# seanad-abolition - Wednesday 17 July, 2013

Senators fail to delay referendum as Norris slams ‘its most disgraceful night’

The Seanad adjourned debate on abolishing itself without a vote tonight.

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

Watch: Norris says he’s happy to withdraw words that caused offence Fannygate This post contains videos

Watch: Norris says he’s happy to withdraw words that caused offence

Senator David Norris told the Seanad this morning that he is happy to withdraw his “intemperate” remarks towards Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty.

"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.

# seanad-abolition - Monday 15 July, 2013

Doherty to complain over Norris after 'sexist and deeply inappropriate language'

Regina Doherty will be complaining to the leader of the Seanad over remarks by David Norris earlier today.

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.

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Budget 2014 (yes, already) and Dáil scrapping Seanad?

The final Dáil vote on whether to proceed with a constitutional referendum will be held just after 10:30pm this evening.

# seanad-abolition - Thursday 20 June, 2013

'This Taoiseach is like the Mayo footballers - he's all about the solo run'

Barry Cowen reckons Enda Kenny’s plan to abolish the Seanad reminds him of the performance of his county’s footballers.

Oireachtas agenda: Dáil to hold its final votes on scrapping Seanad

The fate of one house will be in the fate of the other today, before debate begins on the divisive abortion legislation.

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 18 June, 2013

Senior Fine Gael TD opposes Seanad abolition

Olivia Mitchell called the abolition of the upper house “dramatic and far reaching”.

# seanad-abolition - Friday 14 June, 2013

TDs will be forced to vote: should the Seanad be abolished or reformed?

Shane Ross has tabled an unusual motion – seeking a vote trying to delay Seanad abolition until reform is introduced first.

# seanad-abolition - Thursday 13 June, 2013

52pc of voters would scrap Seanad, according to latest opinion poll

The Red C poll for Paddy Power also shows a four-point boost for Fine Gael in the last few weeks.

# seanad-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.

# seanad-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.

# seanad-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.

Enda tells government parties: You must support Seanad abolition

The Taoiseach was speaking while on EU business in Latvia and Lithuania yesterday. He is in Finland today and London tomorrow.

# seanad-abolition - Thursday 6 June, 2013

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.

Minister: 'We are not abolishing the Seanad'

Abolition of the upper house will be a decision for the Irish people, the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said this morning.

# seanad-abolition - Friday 17 May, 2013

Column: Seanad reform suggestions are practical but limit real bicameral change

While there are practical arguments for a bill that requires no constitutional change, it limits any reform across the whole legislative body, writes Eoin O’Malley.

# seanad-abolition - Sunday 20 January, 2013

In numbers: How much would we save by abolishing the Seanad?

We’ll be holding a referendum on abolishing the Seanad at some stage in 2013. So how much does it cost us every year?

# seanad-abolition - Monday 26 November, 2012

Voters want to scrap Seanad, give diaspora the vote and review Constitution

Ipsos MRBI has polled a number of issues that will be up for discussion at the constitutional convention which gets under way this weekend.