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#Upper House

# upper-house - Tuesday 26 September, 2017

Senators are back today, and they have some new digs

The old Seanad chamber is closed for essential renovation works.

# upper-house - Wednesday 27 April, 2016

Averil Power loses out to Lynn Ruane in battle for Seanad seat

There’ll be plenty of familiar faces in the upper house.

# upper-house - Monday 28 March, 2016

Everything you need to know about one of the most exclusive elections in Ireland

The Seanad election is underway. But how does it all work and how many people actually get a vote?

# upper-house - Friday 13 November, 2015

Joan Burton lashes 'online warriors' as Mairia Cahill becomes a Labour senator

The abuse victim has won a seat on the Seanad’s Industrial and Commercial Panel.

# upper-house - Monday 13 April, 2015

Check out these VERY radical proposals to reform the Seanad

The Seanad Working Group on Reform has published a report calling for overhaul of the upper house.

# upper-house - Sunday 7 December, 2014

Over a year after the Seanad referendum, there will be reforms

A working group will report back to the government by March.

# upper-house - Wednesday 30 July, 2014

'A right pain in the bum': Most senators are coming back tomorrow... but some are on holidays

We contacted all members of the Seanad to find out if they’ll be coming back for debates on Gaza and Ukraine tomorrow.

# upper-house - Friday 11 July, 2014

The government doesn't have a majority in the Seanad, but will pass a law to fix that today

Fine Gael hopes to fill the vacant Seanad seat when TDs and Senators return from their holidays in September.

# upper-house - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

The government has lost another Seanad vote - and it could delay free GP care for children Coalition Headache This post contains videos

The government has lost another Seanad vote - and it could delay free GP care for children

Senator John Crown’s amendment to free GP care legislation has been passed – against the government’s wishes.

# upper-house - 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.

# upper-house - Thursday 10 October, 2013

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.

# upper-house - Friday 20 September, 2013

FG: Scrapping the Seanad saves €20m. Oireachtas: Um, there's no way to know

The €20 million saving has been a central plank of Fine Gael’s pro-abolition campaign – but now the Oireachtas says there’s no way to know how much will be saved if the Seanad goes.

# upper-house - Sunday 28 October, 2012

Seanad abolition: Where do the parties stand?

The government has committed to abolishing the upper house but where do the parties stand on whether it should stay or go? We asked them and here is what they told us…

# upper-house - Tuesday 26 April, 2011

A bluffer's guide to the Seanad election count

Did you vote in the Seanad elections? Relax – you probably didn’t have one. Here’s how the whole thing works.