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# seanad-eireann - Friday 3 July, 2020

Opinion: Our rotting Seanad won’t survive much longer, it's crying out for reform

UCC students Adam Hallissey and Charlie Power argue that the Seanad has become a place for failed TDs to wait for election, and it has the capacity for so much more.

# seanad-eireann - Monday 29 June, 2020

High Court rejects case from Senators who wanted clarity on rules for Seanad sittings

The issue raised in a case against the State no longer remains, but the court said it “could arise again” in the future.

# seanad-eireann - Saturday 7 March, 2020

'Some validity' in criticism of Fine Gael Seanad candidates, says Varadkar

The party has 11 female candidates running for election in the Seanad.

# seanad-eireann - Sunday 16 February, 2020

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Minister Shane Ross asked for "advance all-clear" on expenses paid to him in €37,000 annual allowance

Minister Sean Canney was also asked to provide more information on €3,258 in “policy formulation” expenses that were spent in a string of restaurants around the country.

# seanad-eireann - Friday 17 May, 2019

€28 million in pension payments to former TDs, Senators and government ministers over the past two years

For the first time ever, the Department of Public Expenditure has refused access to individual pensions for former ministers and officeholders

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

TDs and Senators to hold special joint session in Mansion House to mark 100 years since first Dáil

The first Dáil met at the Mansion House on 21 January 1919 following the 1918 General Election.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Explainer: Why examining presidential expenses could be a problem

A number of people have argued that the move by the PAC is unconstitutional.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 17 July, 2018

Irish schoolkids should have 'national anthem celebration' on eve of St Patrick's Day

A new report on the future of the national anthem was launched today.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 28 June, 2018

'Forget ageism, it's the truth' - Norris claims 77-year-old Michael D running for second term would be ill-advised

Norris himself ran against Michael D Higgins in the 2011 presidential election.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 30 November, 2017

TDs urged to pass new domestic violence bill making psychological abuse a crime

A major study found 31% of Irish women have experienced some form of psychological violence by a partner.

# seanad-eireann - Friday 16 December, 2016

Leinster House restaurant could have been a temporary home for the Seanad

Immediate structural works are needed at Leinster House, beginning with the senator’s chamber.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 10 June, 2015

Fine Gael MEPs have been compared to fascists

Flanagan didn’t hold back in his criticism.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 12 February, 2014

Column: Enda, Ireland won't crumble if emigrants are given a voice in elections

Some Irish emigrants can already vote in the election of representatives in Ireland… so long as they have the right degree, of course, write David Burns and Conor O’Neill.

# seanad-eireann - Friday 20 December, 2013

Video: Crown doubles down on St Vincent’s claims in the Seanad

St Vincents are calling on Senator Crown to pass on whatever information he has relating to alleged fraud at the institution.

# seanad-eireann - Friday 11 October, 2013

Column: Politics in Ireland is eating itself

The Government has been burned twice in apparently straightforward attempts to reform the political system due to a misguided, blanket rejection of all politicians by the public, writes Colm Ó Broin.

# seanad-eireann - Sunday 6 October, 2013

‘Fannies’, ‘prats’ and ‘clowns’: 10 bizarre moments from the 24th Seanad

From the Justice Minister’s laughing fit, to Jim Walsh’s controversial comments on abortion. Say what you like about the chamber’s effectiveness; so far the current crop of senators have been anything but boring.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

Poll: How will you vote in the Seanad referendum? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: How will you vote in the Seanad referendum?

Do you want the Seanad saved or abolished?

# seanad-eireann - Saturday 28 September, 2013

Declan Ganley: "Fewer politicians" is not an argument for getting rid of Seanad

“The constitution did not make it a retirement home for failed politicians and a creche for aspiring ones – the political class did.”

Richard Bruton: Scrap the political creche and convalescent home that is the Seanad

Fine Gael’s Director of Elections for the Seanad Referendum on why he believes “undemocratic institution” has no place in modern Ireland.

# seanad-eireann - Friday 27 September, 2013

Column: What exactly does a senator do in a day?

Professor John Crown, independent senator, answers the question with a timeline of a typical day in the life for him.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Column: Stunt politics and shenanigans in the Seanad

With some in the Seanad behaving like they at auditions for the Muppet Show, before the public gets to vote on its future, senators did little to encourage us to save their bacon, writes Paul Allen.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 24 July, 2013

Column: Sexism in Leinster House is alive and well

Two male politicians showed how sexism can come in many forms – post-modern with an ironic twist and just plain old-fashioned, writes Maura Adshead.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 11 July, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Abortion debate (again) and bankrupt contractors

What’s on Leinster House today? Well, as you asked…

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Final Dáil vote on abortion legislation

It’s going to be a long evening with the vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. Who will vote for and against – and potentially lose their party whip?

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Motion for mortgage holders and CAP, oh CAP

Fianna Fáil want limits on how often – and how – financial institutions can contact indebted mortgage holders while CAP reform debate is sure to rile the agricultural community.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 4 July, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Postcodes and stiff financial regulations

Pat Rabbitte will be shooting the breeze with senators on the sustainability of the postal service and post offices around Ireland. Abortion is still up for debate in committees and will the financial regulator get some teeth?

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Home repossessions and passion in the Seanad

Remember David Norris’s impassioned speech on possible Seanad abolition last week? Guess what’s back on the cards today…

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Banking inquiry framework and human trafficking

With the Anglo Tapes still in the headlines, all eyes are on the final stage of legislation that might provide the means to hold an inquiry into Ireland’s banking fiasco. There is also the matter of a certain first vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill…

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 27 June, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Dáil debates abortion as Seanad debates... Seanad

No major votes today though, as Thursday means Eamon Gilmore takes Leaders’ Questions

# seanad-eireann - 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.

Oireachtas agenda: Anglo director in the dock(lands), and SNA cuts

Lar Bradshaw – a former Anglo director and director of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority – is at the PAC today.

# seanad-eireann - 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-eireann - Thursday 20 June, 2013

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-eireann - 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-eireann - Thursday 13 June, 2013

Victims of alleged Gaeltacht abuser urged to come forward

The Government says it was aware of allegations against Coláiste na bhFíann founder Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí.

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-eireann - Tuesday 11 June, 2013

VIDEO: What happens when you call Enda a 'clown' in the Seanad? Clowning Around This post contains videos

# seanad-eireann - Friday 7 June, 2013

First major opinion poll shows 52pc in favour of scrapping Seanad

The Europinions poll for TV3, with a margin of error of 3pc, cites the cost of the chamber as the main reason to close it.

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.

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