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# senate - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Senator claims 'discrimination' as row erupts over sign language interpreter in the Dáil

A spokesperson for the Oireachtas has denied the claim.

# senate - Saturday 24 May, 2014

Thailand's coup leaders to hold ousted government to give them "time to think"

Thailand’s fragile democracy has been repeatedly stunted by 19 actual or attempted coups since 1932.

# senate - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

Doh: 13% voted Yes when they meant No in Seanad referendum

A report by the Referendum Commission published today found that there was significant confusion over the ballot papers in October’s referendums.

# senate - Thursday 17 October, 2013

US employees ordered to return to work today as shut down ends

President Barack Obama signed the measure which will raise the debt ceiling and reopen the federal government late last night.

# senate - Saturday 5 October, 2013

Talks on landmark EU - US trade deal postponed as a result of shutdown

The negotiations had been due to begin in Brussels next week.

# senate - Thursday 3 October, 2013

US shutdown enters third day after failed White House talks

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers home, museums and national parks are shut, much scientific research is on hold and the shutdown is now threatening already sluggish economic growth.

# senate - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

US government shuts down after Obamacare row

Around 800,000 government workers will be sent home today with back-pay not guaranteed.

# senate - Monday 30 September, 2013

US facing government shutdown over Obamacare

House Republicans attached an amendment to the government spending bill that would delay the healthcare legislation by a year.

# senate - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

After 21-hour Ted Cruz speech, US Senate votes on budget measures

Attempting to halt the removal of a provision that would see Obamacare defunded, a Texas senator held the floor for 21 hours, taking time to read his daughters a bed time story.

# senate - Friday 30 August, 2013

Close call for minister and senator as large branch misses them by inches at Dáil

Minister of State Joe Costello, Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan and his brother Michael Coghlan were standing under the tree when a large branch fell.

# senate - 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.

# senate - Thursday 25 July, 2013

Julian Assange launches political party from inside Ecuadorian embassy

The Wikileaks founder said a victory for his candidates would be like putting the country’s best investigative journalists in the Australian Senate.

# senate - Saturday 13 July, 2013

Texas passes strict anti-abortion law despite protests

The bill includes a ban on terminations starting at 20 weeks after conception and mandates that a doctor must be with a woman when she takes a pill to induce abortion.

# senate - Friday 28 June, 2013

Tánaiste: US Senate vote brings immigration reform a step closer

Eamon Gilmore has welcomed the US Senate’s support for comprehensive immigration reform as the proposed law now goes to the House of Representatives.

# senate - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Column: What immigration reform will mean to undocumented Irish in the US

Limerick-born immigration lawyer Caro Kinsella explains what the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, being discussed by US government now, will mean for undocumented Irish people living in America.

# senate - Tuesday 11 June, 2013

Immigration reform set to pass first hurdle in US Senate - so what's in it?

Here’s a quick guide to the proposals which will face their first vote among the 100-member Senate this evening.

# senate - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

Why tax-free shopping on the internet could be facing end in US

The bill, which was being debated in the US Senate yesterday, could lead to the recouping of $11 billion in lost annual sales taxes.

# senate - Wednesday 17 April, 2013

'A pretty shameful day for Washington' - Obama angry at Senate gun vote

The father of a Sandy Hook victim also spoke about the rejected Senate measure on gun checks at the White House today.

US Senate says 'No' to expanded gun checks

The vote is a major blow to the Obama administration.

# senate - Thursday 4 April, 2013

Connecticut passes 'toughest gun law in the US' after Sandy Hook massacre

Connecticut is set to become the third state to vote in new gun control rules following the Newtown shooting.

# senate - Friday 1 March, 2013

United States braced for swingeing sequester of €85bn budget cuts

Analysts say that the cuts, due to come into force overnight, will take a number of months to take effect and will see growth fall by as much as 0.7 per cent.

# senate - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

Julian Assange to run for Australian senate, his mum says he'll be 'awesome'

The Wikileaks founder intends to run in the September poll even though he is currently holed-up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

# senate - Thursday 3 January, 2013

Superstorm Sandy: Congress to vote on aid after stinging rebuke from governor Superstorm Sandy This post contains videos

Superstorm Sandy: Congress to vote on aid after stinging rebuke from governor

New Jersey governor Chris Christie pulled no punches in condemning “toxic internal politics” within his own Republican party.

# senate - Thursday 27 December, 2012

Explainer: What is the 'fiscal cliff' and why does it matter? Let's Get Fiscal This post contains videos

Explainer: What is the 'fiscal cliff' and why does it matter?

The US is facing a potentially devastating financial crisis in less than a week but what is it all about, what impact will it have on Ireland and what’s got to happen if it is to be avoided? explains…

# senate - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

After Newtown massacre, Obama backs ban on assault weapons

The US president has thrown his support behind a Democratic senator’s attempts to reintroduce a ban on certain types of guns, a ban which expired eight years ago.

# senate - Saturday 17 March, 2012

Julian Assange plans to run for Australian Senate

The 40-year-old founder of Wikileaks will have to overcome the obstacle of being under virtual house arrest in England and facing sex crime allegations in Sweden.

# senate - Friday 24 February, 2012

Eighth US State legalises same-sex marriage

Maryland Senate passed the gay and lesbian marriage bill yesterday.

# senate - Thursday 9 February, 2012

Tánaiste hopeful of 'early progress' on US visas for Irish

Meanwhile, Eamon Gilmore joins Enda Kenny, Richard Bruton and Bill Clinton for a forum urging “influential friends” to invest in Ireland.

# senate - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

Former US governor Rod Blagojevich gets 14 years for corruption

Blagojevich famously tried to auction off Barack Obama’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder.

# senate - Friday 18 November, 2011

Taoiseach backs plan to rename bridge after Mary McAleese

Senator Jim D’arcy has called for Boyne Bridge to be renamed after the former president and says he has the support of Enda Kenny.

# senate - Wednesday 12 October, 2011

US senators vote down Obama's jobs bill

The demise of Obama’s jobs package was expected, despite his campaign-style efforts to swing the public behind it.

# senate - Tuesday 2 August, 2011

Senate clears the way for US to raise debt ceiling

The Senate voted by 74 votes to 26 to pass the hard fought bill. Obama has said that it’s the first step to ensuring America lives within its means.

Watch: Giffords returns to work as US congress passes debt deal

The vote passed comfortably and Giffords’ emotional return brought down the house.

# senate - Monday 1 August, 2011

We got a deal: Obama announces agreement that will avoid default

But not everyone’s happy including the president.

# senate - Saturday 30 July, 2011

Default looms as US politicians fail to reach deal This post contains videos

Default looms as US politicians fail to reach deal

Obama calls for common ground as Republicans and Democrats again fail to reach an 11th hour deal on the US debt ceiling.

# senate - Monday 18 July, 2011

Stalled US budget talks virtually stagnant

The standoff on US debt continues between Barrack Obama’s Democratic party, and the majority seat holders in Congress, the Republican party.

# senate - Thursday 12 May, 2011

US lawmakers attempt to block openly gay military service

Amendments to a defence bill aim to maintain the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, which bans openly gay military service. The recognition of same-sex unions in the military is also under attack.

# senate - Sunday 8 May, 2011

Seanad expected to see out term despite referendum

Holding a referendum on the issue of abolishing the Seanad is a lengthy process, says government spokesperson.

# senate - Tuesday 3 August, 2010

SENATOR DAVID NORRIS has added his voice to calls for Ivor Callely to resign his Seanad seat.

“It’s impossible to see how Senator Callely could continue. When the seanad returns, we’ll be looking at situations where we’re cutting back, and it would be completely inappropriate for someone who is receiving €80,000 in travel expenses,” Norris told Morning Ireland.

“It would be inappropriate, rubbing it in the noses of the Irish people,” he commented, adding: ”This is a tragedy brought upon himself, by Ivor Callely.”

The senator was responding to claims made in the Irish Mail on Sunday that Callely had submitted expenses to the Oireachtas from a company that went bankrupt over a decade ago.

The Mayor of Galway, Fianna Fáil’s Michael Crowe said Callely’s actions were “pure gombeenism and bringing humiliation to Irish politics”.

The comments follow Fianna Fáil’s Mary O’Rourke, John McGuinness and the Green’s Senator Dan Boyle who, over the weekend said Senator Callely had questions to answer.

Brian Cowen has yet to comment on the matter.

# senate - Thursday 29 July, 2010

EIGHTY-FIVE TDs AND senators have missed at least one committee meeting since the Dáil began its recess on 8 July.

The list of absences, compiled by RTÉ news, shows that those who missed three meetings include Fianna Fáil TDs Darragh O’Brien, Thomas Byrne, and Niall Blaney; Fine Gael’s Lucinda Creighton and Frank Feighan; and Labour’s Joanna Tuffy.

Sinn Féin senator Pearse Doherty, Independent senator Ronan Mullen, and Labour senator Dominic Hannigan, each missed four committee meetings over the three weeks.

But topping the list was Fianna Fáil TD Beverley Flynn with six absences since the recess began. Flynn missed four Oireachtas European Affairs meetings and two Health committee sessions.

There have been 23 committee meetings since the recess began.