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Taoiseach says electing people from Northern Ireland will give the Seanad an 'all-island dimension'
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Taoiseach says electing people from Northern Ireland will give the Seanad an 'all-island dimension'

Feb 1st 2018, 3:44 PM 18,803 Views 90 Comments

Varadkar made the comment as he announced that a new committee on Seanad reform is to be set up.

Trivialities of the 'reformed' Seanad: 'Senators talking about All-Ireland tickets and seagulls'
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Trivialities of the 'reformed' Seanad: 'Senators talking about All-Ireland tickets and seagulls'

Jan 15th 2017, 12:00 PM 295 Views 44 Comments

Voters chose by a narrow margin in a referendum in 2013 to retain the Seanad. It’s unlikely they are happy with that decision, writes Senator Gerard P Craughwell.

Poll: Should the Seanad have been scrapped?
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Poll: Should the Seanad have been scrapped?

May 27th 2016, 9:24 AM 24,123 Views 97 Comments

The Taoiseach’s nominees to the upper house will be announced today.

What does it mean to be a republican in 2016? We asked this Sinn Féin senator
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What does it mean to be a republican in 2016? We asked this Sinn Féin senator

May 1st 2016, 7:30 AM 11,466 Views 113 Comments

Fintan Warfield thinks ‘you don’t have to be a Shinner to be a republican’.

The government won't be doing any Seanad reform after all
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The government won't be doing any Seanad reform after all

Oct 14th 2015, 12:52 PM 10,617 Views 44 Comments

Proposals to expand the electorate will not be implemented before the election.

Look at how incredibly complicated it is to elect Senators...
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Look at how incredibly complicated it is to elect Senators...

Apr 20th 2015, 6:45 PM 10,136 Views 73 Comments

Our minds are blown. Our heads hurt.

Check out these VERY radical proposals to reform the Seanad
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Check out these VERY radical proposals to reform the Seanad

Apr 13th 2015, 10:45 PM 18,934 Views 56 Comments

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

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

Dec 7th 2014, 4:02 PM 5,641 Views 23 Comments

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

Minister nominated for 'brass neck of the year' as TDs row about Seanad reform
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Minister nominated for 'brass neck of the year' as TDs row about Seanad reform

Mar 28th 2014, 11:53 AM 10,575 Views 35 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s proposal to overhaul the upper house will be opposed by the government.

Seanad reform, wind energy and Irish prisoners in the UK
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Seanad reform, wind energy and Irish prisoners in the UK

Mar 11th 2014, 9:00 AM 4,471 Views 15 Comments

Everything happening in Leinster House today.

Here's why the government could lose more Seanad votes in the coming months
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Here's why the government could lose more Seanad votes in the coming months

Mar 1st 2014, 8:45 AM 5,514 Views 13 Comments

A wafer-thin majority and ‘the three amigos’ could all spell trouble for the coalition…

Government beaten as senators vote to ban upward only rent reviews
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Government beaten as senators vote to ban upward only rent reviews

Feb 26th 2014, 4:02 PM 15,208 Views 44 Comments

There was applause in the chamber, but not from Fine Gael or Labour senators.

Plan to increase Seanad voters by 650,000 published
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Plan to increase Seanad voters by 650,000 published

Feb 14th 2014, 4:12 PM 7,416 Views 59 Comments

Minister Phil Hogan said that the expansion is overdue.

Senator admits his two-day week 'gives the impression the Seanad is full of dossers'
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Senator admits his two-day week 'gives the impression the Seanad is full of dossers'

Feb 4th 2014, 6:42 PM 12,383 Views 40 Comments

Earlier, the Taoiseach promised that senators will get more work once legislation to give all third-level graduates a vote in Seanad elections is passed. The upper house is sitting for just a day-and-a-half this week.

Fianna Fáil: Our Seanad bill is 'fundamental reform that people deserve'
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Fianna Fáil: Our Seanad bill is 'fundamental reform that people deserve'

Jan 9th 2014, 12:08 PM 5,099 Views 138 Comments

The party has published a bill to reform the upper house within the constraints of the current Constitution.

Taoiseach rules out giving voting rights to all in Seanad elections
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Taoiseach rules out giving voting rights to all in Seanad elections

Dec 18th 2013, 7:22 PM 5,364 Views 43 Comments

Enda Kenny has said the upper house can have greater powers of scrutiny but he does not intend to introduce universal suffrage for elections to the Seanad.

All third-level graduates to get vote as part of Seanad reforms agreed by Cabinet
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All third-level graduates to get vote as part of Seanad reforms agreed by Cabinet

Nov 26th 2013, 6:44 PM 7,099 Views 54 Comments

The government has not as yet considered any further reforms to the Seanad.

Broad reform needed to make Seanad 'fit for modern Ireland', says Coveney
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Broad reform needed to make Seanad 'fit for modern Ireland', says Coveney

Nov 26th 2013, 10:26 AM 2,628 Views 17 Comments

The Agriculture Minister welcomed reports that voting rights are to be extended to more graduates, but believes more ‘fundamental’ reform is needed.

Five-day weekend: The Seanad sat for just two days this week... again
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Five-day weekend: The Seanad sat for just two days this week... again

Nov 21st 2013, 8:00 AM 5,456 Views 33 Comments

It’s the second time in six weeks that the Seanad has wrapped up its business for the week on a Wednesday.

Enda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’
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Enda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’

Oct 23rd 2013, 4:09 PM 11,802 Views 55 Comments

“Well, I come in peace, not in war,” Kenny told members in the upper house this afternoon.

'They'd do an excellent job': MEP says senators should scrutinise EU legislation
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'They'd do an excellent job': MEP says senators should scrutinise EU legislation

Oct 11th 2013, 6:45 AM 2,864 Views 11 Comments

What to do with senators now they’re saved? Seán Kelly has an idea…

Five-day weekend: The Seanad sat for just two days this week
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Five-day weekend: The Seanad sat for just two days this week

Oct 10th 2013, 7:20 AM 4,488 Views 72 Comments

The uncertainty over the future of the upper house meant that there wasn’t much business organised for this week.

Column: Enda Kenny should seize this moment to overturn political malaise
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Column: Enda Kenny should seize this moment to overturn political malaise

Oct 9th 2013, 7:15 AM 16 Views 29 Comments

With the onset of the crisis five years ago, the malaise in our political system came to the surface; now, thanks in part to the Seand referendum, it is bubbling over, writes Colin Murphy.

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

Oct 8th 2013, 4:23 PM 7,373 Views 90 Comments

The Taoiseach has proposed all-party talks involving leaders in the Dáil and Seanad on what to do with the upper house.

"No bloody hope will I work for nothing" - David Norris
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"No bloody hope will I work for nothing" - David Norris

Oct 8th 2013, 3:47 PM 20,792 Views 129 Comments

On the first day back after the referendum result, David Norris has already hit out at the idea that senators should not be paid.

Everyone's talking about reforming the Seanad, but how could we do it?
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Everyone's talking about reforming the Seanad, but how could we do it?

Oct 7th 2013, 10:41 AM 5,925 Views 85 Comments

The Quinn-Zappone bill is being talked about a lot right now. But what’s in it? We take a look…

Adams 'rejects' efforts to make brother's conviction 'a party political issue'
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Adams 'rejects' efforts to make brother's conviction 'a party political issue'

Oct 7th 2013, 9:31 AM 5,489 Views 73 Comments

The Sinn Féin president was asked about his brother Liam, the Seanad referendum and his own future in an interview this morning.

Column: The Seanad 'No' vote was the first step towards political reform
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Column: The Seanad 'No' vote was the first step towards political reform

Oct 6th 2013, 6:46 PM 56 Views 48 Comments

Some cynics claim that the government will do nothing about the Seanad now, but they are ignoring the reality that 93 per cent of the people oppose the status quo, writes Larry Donnelly.

Reform Alliance seeks debate and wants directly elected Seanad
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Reform Alliance seeks debate and wants directly elected Seanad

Oct 6th 2013, 6:25 PM 6,059 Views 33 Comments

One of their members Denis Naughten TD also says that “there might have been a different result on Saturday had the Dáil had been reformed first.”

Another referendum may be needed as part of Seanad reform process --- Howlin
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Another referendum may be needed as part of Seanad reform process --- Howlin

Oct 6th 2013, 3:23 PM 10,706 Views 163 Comments

The Minister says certain changes could be brought about under the existing constitution, but that more sweeping reforms may need another vote.

‘Reflection’ the buzz word but Taoiseach and Tánaiste appear open to Seanad reform
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‘Reflection’ the buzz word but Taoiseach and Tánaiste appear open to Seanad reform

Oct 5th 2013, 9:52 PM 14,596 Views 136 Comments

The government must now decide what it plans to do with the retained upper house.

Column: The Seanad gives a false comfort to those seeking proper checks and balances
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Column: The Seanad gives a false comfort to those seeking proper checks and balances

Oct 1st 2013, 7:00 AM 58 Views 31 Comments

Some might argue that a bad Seanad is better than no Seanad – but having a “bad” Seanad is far worse, inspiring only cynicism and harming the political process, writes Ale White TD.

Column: This not the time for a cynical power grab – the Seanad must be retained
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Column: This not the time for a cynical power grab – the Seanad must be retained

Oct 1st 2013, 7:00 AM 45 Views 32 Comments

In pushing for Seanad abolition, the government is trying to strip a layer of democracy designed to give fundamental protections to citizens, writes Niall Collins TD.

"Recall makes Seanad survival a reality" - O'Sullivan
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"Recall makes Seanad survival a reality" - O'Sullivan

Aug 20th 2013, 1:28 PM 4,207 Views 52 Comments

The recall to debate transplant legislation shows the role that a reformed Seanad could have says a Fianna Fáil senator.

Support for Seanad abolition is down 3 per cent but still ahead in latest poll
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Support for Seanad abolition is down 3 per cent but still ahead in latest poll

Aug 9th 2013, 12:08 PM 4,083 Views 27 Comments

Support for the plan to get rid of the Seanad is down, but is still 13 points ahead in the poll.

Bruton: I have no problem debating anyone on the Seanad abolition
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Bruton: I have no problem debating anyone on the Seanad abolition

Aug 3rd 2013, 8:15 AM 2,923 Views 21 Comments

In an interview with TheJournal.ie, Bruton called for politicians not to “reduce to name-calling” as the campaign ramps up.

Enda Kenny: 'Genuine Seanad reform would be almost impossible to achieve'
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Enda Kenny: 'Genuine Seanad reform would be almost impossible to achieve'

Jun 26th 2013, 2:17 PM 3,490 Views 38 Comments

The Taoiseach told senators today that abolishing the upper house is the biggest package of reform since the passing of the Constitution in 1937.

Column: The party whip system is far too rigid – and it's offensive to democratic ideals
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Column: The party whip system is far too rigid – and it's offensive to democratic ideals

Jun 19th 2013, 7:30 PM 88 Views 40 Comments

I have a lot of time for the Taoiseach, but his leadership has been autocratic and even authoritarian in a representative democracy and I find this unsettling, writes Larry Donnelly.

Column: Seanad reform suggestions are practical but limit real bicameral change
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Column: Seanad reform suggestions are practical but limit real bicameral change

May 17th 2013, 7:00 AM 47 Views 17 Comments

While there are practical arguments for a bill that requires no constitutional change, it limits any reform across the whole legislative body, writes Eoin O’Malley.

Members launch plan to reform Seanad and prevent abolition
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Members launch plan to reform Seanad and prevent abolition

May 12th 2013, 4:11 PM 6,312 Views 45 Comments

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

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