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#Seanad Abolition

From TheJournal.ie James Reilly "honoured" to join Seanad he once called "very undemocratic" and with "no power" 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.”

From TheJournal.ie Enda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’ 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.

From TheJournal.ie Five-day weekend: The Seanad sat for just two days this week 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.

From TheJournal.ie "I voted No. I was disappointed with how the campaign went." - FG senator 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”.

From TheJournal.ie Kenny: I've a busy schedule but I'll talk about Seanad reform as soon as I can 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.

From TheJournal.ie Jigsaws, ‘The Beatles’ and €20m: Fine Gaelers rue ‘dreadful’ Seanad abolition campaign 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.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach had 'no difficulty' releasing Seanad referendum documents - but he didn't 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.

From TheJournal.ie AS IT HAPPENED: The Seanad is here to stay as referendum defeated Referendums

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

From TheJournal.ie 'Sometimes in politics you get a wallop': Taoiseach on referendum result 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”

From TheJournal.ie 'It went down badly on the doorstep': Taoiseach's decision not to debate criticised 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.

From TheJournal.ie 'We got the Twitter out': Norris explains No side's 'success' in Seanad referendum 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.

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil: We put forward arguments which demolished Fine Gael and Sinn Féin 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.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin set to reject Seanad abolition as referendum result to be tight Seanad Abolition

Dublin set to reject Seanad abolition as referendum result to be tight

Too close to call is the word of the day.

From TheJournal.ie Get out the vote: Polls open across the country for two referenda 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.

From TheJournal.ie He won't do any TV debates but here's Enda Kenny's pre-referendum message 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…

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil: 'This government is up to something more than just Seanad abolition' 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.

From TheJournal.ie McDowell's big book and 17 tweets from last night's Seanad referendum debate Seanad Referendum This post contains images
From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael uses giant jigsaw to argue for abolition of 'hijacked' Seanad 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.

From TheJournal.ie Labour: 'The case for retention of the Seanad has failed' 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.

From TheJournal.ie Round 2? Unclear if Martin will debate Bruton again on Vincent Browne tonight Seanad Referendum

Round 2? Unclear if Martin will debate Bruton again on Vincent Browne tonight

Vincent is really looking forward to it either way…

From TheJournal.ie 'The €20m figure is absolutely authoritative': Fine Gael is sticking to its guns Seanad Referendum
From TheJournal.ie We may be about to abolish it, but how has the Seanad ended up as it is today? 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.

From TheJournal.ie Poll indicates Seanad referendum will pass, but a fifth don't know how they'll vote 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.

From TheJournal.ie Everything you need to know about the Seanad referendum but were afraid to ask 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.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach: Micheál Martin is looking for notice and an opportunity 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.

From TheJournal.ie Martin: I'm turning up for Seanad TV debate... but no one knows if the Taoiseach will 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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Breaking Bad? Oh that's great stuff': TDs talk TV at another Seanad photo-op 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.

From TheJournal.ie Over two dozen academics urge No vote in Seanad referendum 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.

From TheJournal.ie The Reform Alliance is calling for a No vote in the Seanad referendum 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.

From TheJournal.ie Martin to Taoiseach: 'You're adopting tactics that would make Libertas or Youth Defence blush' 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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Seanad abolition would see group-think prevail in our political system Column

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.

From TheJournal.ie Martin accepts RTÉ invite to debate on Seanad abolition but Taoiseach not keen 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?

From TheJournal.ie How much will Seanad abolition save? Quinn doesn't know, but Hayes says it's €20m 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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Politicians love talking about change, but it's time to go beyond words and abolish the Seanad Column

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.

From TheJournal.ie Everything you need to know about the Seanad referendum but were afraid to ask 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.

From TheJournal.ie Mathews: ‘The Seanad is like a car with 90-day brakes and I like to be in a car that has brakes’ 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.

From TheJournal.ie 'I can't kiss you on the lips': Little talk of Seanad as Gerry Adams canvasses in Dublin 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.

From TheJournal.ie Here's how the Dáil will pass legislation if the Seanad is abolished 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.

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil thinks Seanad abolition is 'transparently ridiculous', but Fine Gael disagrees Seanad Referendum

Fianna Fáil thinks Seanad abolition is 'transparently ridiculous', but Fine Gael disagrees

The two parties launched their Seanad referendum campaigns today.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Do I get the brown envelope?’: Minister meets mixed reaction on Dublin canvass 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…

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