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#Seanad Éireann

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

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.

From TheJournal.ie €28 million in pension payments to former TDs, Senators and government ministers over the past two years Noteworthy

€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

From TheJournal.ie TDs and Senators to hold special joint session in Mansion House to mark 100 years since first Dáil First Dail

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.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why examining presidential expenses could be a problem Public Accounts Committee

Explainer: Why examining presidential expenses could be a problem

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

From TheJournal.ie Irish schoolkids should have 'national anthem celebration' on eve of St Patrick's Day Seanad Report

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.

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

'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.

From TheJournal.ie TDs urged to pass new domestic violence bill making psychological abuse a crime Coercive Control

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.

From TheJournal.ie Leinster House restaurant could have been a temporary home for the Seanad On The Menu

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.

From TheJournal.ie Fine Gael MEPs have been compared to fascists Ttipping Point

Fine Gael MEPs have been compared to fascists

Flanagan didn’t hold back in his criticism.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Enda, Ireland won't crumble if emigrants are given a voice in elections Emigrant Voices

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.

From TheJournal.ie Video: Crown doubles down on St Vincent’s claims in the Seanad Fraud Claims

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Politics in Ireland is eating itself Opinion

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.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Fannies’, ‘prats’ and ‘clowns’: 10 bizarre moments from the 24th Seanad Oireachtas Retorts

‘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.

From TheJournal.ie 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?

From TheJournal.ie Declan Ganley: "Fewer politicians" is not an argument for getting rid of Seanad Opinion

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.”

From TheJournal.ie Richard Bruton: Scrap the political creche and convalescent home that is the Seanad Opinion

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: What exactly does a senator do in a day? Read Me

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Stunt politics and shenanigans in the Seanad Opinion

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.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Sexism in Leinster House is alive and well Opinion

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.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Abortion debate (again) and bankrupt contractors Leinster House

Oireachtas agenda: Abortion debate (again) and bankrupt contractors

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

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Final Dáil vote on abortion legislation Leinster House

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?

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Motion for mortgage holders and CAP, oh CAP Leinster House

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.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Postcodes and stiff financial regulations Leinster House

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?

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Home repossessions and passion in the Seanad Leinster House

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…

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Banking inquiry framework and human trafficking Leinster House

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…

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Dáil debates abortion as Seanad debates... Seanad Dáil Éireann

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Enda Kenny: 'Genuine Seanad reform would be almost impossible to achieve' Taoiseach

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.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Anglo director in the dock(lands), and SNA cuts Leinster House

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.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Budget 2014 (yes, already) and Dáil scrapping Seanad? Leinster House

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.

From TheJournal.ie Oireachtas agenda: Dáil to hold its final votes on scrapping Seanad Leinster House

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.

From TheJournal.ie TDs will be forced to vote: should the Seanad be abolished or reformed? Seanad

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.

From TheJournal.ie Victims of alleged Gaeltacht abuser urged to come forward Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí

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.

From TheJournal.ie 52pc of voters would scrap Seanad, according to latest opinion poll Opinion Poll

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.

From TheJournal.ie VIDEO: What happens when you call Enda a 'clown' in the Seanad? Clowning Around This post contains videos
From TheJournal.ie First major opinion poll shows 52pc in favour of scrapping Seanad Opinion Poll

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.

From TheJournal.ie Hogan appoints five-member panel to oversee Seanad referendum Seanad

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.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What else will change if we scrap the Seanad? Seanad

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?

From TheJournal.ie Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrapped Political Reform

Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrapped

A referendum to overhaul the Oireachtas and abolish the Seanad is planned for early October.

From TheJournal.ie Members launch plan to reform Seanad and prevent abolition Seanad Reform

Members launch plan to reform Seanad and prevent abolition

Feargal Quinn and Katherine Zappone will call a vote this Wednesday on plans to overhaul how the chamber is elected.

From TheJournal.ie A new Vice President, and other things that happen if the Seanad is scrapped Seanad

A new Vice President, and other things that happen if the Seanad is scrapped

We have a look at how the constitution may need rewriting if the second House of the Oireachtas is binned.

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