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From TheJournal.ie Senators to move back to their old digs as Ceramics Room to be returned to the National Museum Moving House

Senators to move back to their old digs as Ceramics Room to be returned to the National Museum

The refurbishment of Leinster House is set to cost in the region of €17 million.

From TheJournal.ie 'We live in a strange world': Michael McDowell criticises Fine Gael TD over injury lawsuit Seanad This post contains videos

'We live in a strange world': Michael McDowell criticises Fine Gael TD over injury lawsuit

McDowell referenced the case before the Circuit Civil Court in the Seanad yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Bill to regulate rent pressure zone properties passes through Seanad Residential Tenancies Bill

Bill to regulate rent pressure zone properties passes through Seanad

The Residential Tenancies Bill will now go to President Michael D Higgins to be signed into law.

From TheJournal.ie Minister commits to taking action on free sanitary products in public buildings Costs

Minister commits to taking action on free sanitary products in public buildings

The Seanad heard that in many public buildings, such as Leinster House, tampons and sanitary pads cost €2 each.

From TheJournal.ie Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill Trouble Ahead

Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill

The proposed legislation is due before the Dáil in the new year.

From TheJournal.ie 'A genuinely historic moment': Abortion legislation passes through the Seanad Eighth Amendment

'A genuinely historic moment': Abortion legislation passes through the Seanad

The legislation will now be signed into law by President Michael D Higgins.

From TheJournal.ie Abortion legislation has passed the Dáil and it's now on to the Seanad, so what next? January Deadline

Abortion legislation has passed the Dáil and it's now on to the Seanad, so what next?

The Seanad will now sit on Monday in order to get the legislation over the line by the Christmas deadline.

From TheJournal.ie Abortion: These were the amendments passed by TDs this week Edging Closer

Abortion: These were the amendments passed by TDs this week

It is likely the landmark bill to regulate abortion services in Ireland will pass in the Dáil at the earliest next week.

From TheJournal.ie Seanad passes Occupied Territories Bill despite government opposition Trade Restrictions

Seanad passes Occupied Territories Bill despite government opposition

Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.

From TheJournal.ie New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is 'fully compliant with EU trade rules' Middle East

New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is 'fully compliant with EU trade rules'

Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.

From TheJournal.ie Seanad briefly suspended over 'misogyny' row Spin Units

Seanad briefly suspended over 'misogyny' row

Fianna Fáil’s Lorraine Clifford-Lee clashed with Fine Gael’s Jerry Buttimer.

From TheJournal.ie Alcohol Bill, first published in 2015, finally passes through Oireachtas Minimum Pricing

Alcohol Bill, first published in 2015, finally passes through Oireachtas

The legislation provides for changes such as minimum pricing and restrictions on advertising.

From TheJournal.ie Blasphemy Bill passes through Oireachtas ahead of referendum next month Constitution

Blasphemy Bill passes through Oireachtas ahead of referendum next month

Charlie Flanagan said the reference to blasphemy in the Constitution incorrectly identifies Ireland “as a country that does not value freedom of expression”.

From TheJournal.ie Trouble ahead? Independent minister undecided on Israeli goods trade ban bill Cabinet Split

Trouble ahead? Independent minister undecided on Israeli goods trade ban bill

A division has emerged around the Cabinet table between Fine Gael members and independent ministers.

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil to support trade ban with lands held by Israel, but embassy calls it 'immoral' Occupied Territories Bill

Fianna Fáil to support trade ban with lands held by Israel, but embassy calls it 'immoral'

The Embassy of Israel said the boycott will not facilitate Ireland’s role or influence in the Middle East.

From TheJournal.ie 'I've never been a boycott fan': Micheál Martin unlikely to support Eurovision boycott Palestine

'I've never been a boycott fan': Micheál Martin unlikely to support Eurovision boycott

Martin said his party is considering a Bill tabled in the Seanad that aims to prohibit Ireland from trading with any companies originating in an occupied territory.

From TheJournal.ie 'A deceptive practice': Bill to ban LGBTQ conversion therapies passes second stage of Seanad Lgbtq Rights

'A deceptive practice': Bill to ban LGBTQ conversion therapies passes second stage of Seanad

The Prohibition of Conversion Therapies Bill 2018 has passed through its second stage in the Seanad and has further stages to go through.

From TheJournal.ie 'Elitist', 'not sure it's worth saving': Slow progress of Seanad reform criticised Oireachtas

'Elitist', 'not sure it's worth saving': Slow progress of Seanad reform criticised

It’s been five years since Ireland voted to keep the Seanad in a referendum, but not much has changed since.

From TheJournal.ie 'Young people should stay away from politics': Senator criticised for comments as voting age bill blocked Vote At 16

'Young people should stay away from politics': Senator criticised for comments as voting age bill blocked

Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield reintroduced the bill to the committee stage of the Seanad yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie TDs approve Eighth Amendment referendum Bill Abortion

TDs approve Eighth Amendment referendum Bill

Health Minister Simon Harris said Ireland’s abortion law must change to help women who are currently “isolated and neglected”.

From TheJournal.ie Dáil suspended for the rest of the week due to the 'the Beast from the East' Snow Day

Dáil suspended for the rest of the week due to the 'the Beast from the East'

The business committee has decided to suspend the Dáil at 2pm today.

From TheJournal.ie Vacant Seanad seat should be filled by someone with a unionist background, says senator Vacancy

Vacant Seanad seat should be filled by someone with a unionist background, says senator

Leo Varadkar previously said he would like to see people from both nationalist and unionist communities take seats.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar: 'The Israeli government has a tendency to disengage with countries that recognise the state of Palestine' Palestine

Varadkar: 'The Israeli government has a tendency to disengage with countries that recognise the state of Palestine'

The Taoiseach said Ireland plans to intensify and increase aid work in the Palestinian territories.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says electing people from Northern Ireland will give the Seanad an 'all-island dimension' Seanad Reform

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Irish ambassador to Israel summoned by Netanyahu over Seanad bill Proposed Bill

Irish ambassador to Israel summoned by Netanyahu over Seanad bill

The bill seeks to prohibit trade in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

From TheJournal.ie Bill aims to give hospitality workers the right to keep their tips Seanad

Bill aims to give hospitality workers the right to keep their tips

Research carried out in Galway found that 34% of workers regularly had their employers withhold their tips.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says ministers will be allowed 'dissent' on Eighth Amendment 2018 Referendum

Taoiseach says ministers will be allowed 'dissent' on Eighth Amendment

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar added that his own personal views wouldn’t decide what stance the Cabinet takes.

From TheJournal.ie 'Couldn't negotiate a piss up in a brewery': Row erupts in Seanad over Ireland's failed Rugby bid 2023 World Cup

'Couldn't negotiate a piss up in a brewery': Row erupts in Seanad over Ireland's failed Rugby bid

Senators Terry Leyden and Neale Richmond had a war of words over the failed Rugby World Cup bid.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Our indifference to our flag and anthem is actually healthy' Read Me

Opinion: 'Our indifference to our flag and anthem is actually healthy'

Placing legislative restrictions on how our anthem is used would be an unnecessary limitation on our freedom of expression, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

From TheJournal.ie How should we protect our national anthem? The Seanad wants your input Amhrán Na BhFiann This post contains a poll

How should we protect our national anthem? The Seanad wants your input

What would be classed as misuse of the anthem, and how should potential misuses be punished?

From TheJournal.ie Senators are back today, and they have some new digs New Home

Senators are back today, and they have some new digs

The old Seanad chamber is closed for essential renovation works.

From TheJournal.ie Last call for Good Friday drinking ban as bill passes in the Seanad Church And State

Last call for Good Friday drinking ban as bill passes in the Seanad

The Senator who proposed the bill said its passing marks “another progressive step in Ireland’s long journey of separation between Church and State.”

From TheJournal.ie Law change will make it easier for refugee families to reunite in Ireland Protection

Law change will make it easier for refugee families to reunite in Ireland

A new Bill will amend the International Protection Act 2015, which covers the reunification of refugee families.

From TheJournal.ie Norris lets rip on vulture funds: 'Why were they allowed into this country?' Evictions

Norris lets rip on vulture funds: 'Why were they allowed into this country?'

Speaking about his new Housing Co-op Bill, Norris said people appear to have forgotten that “eviction” is a dirty word in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Former Fianna Fáil senator Des Hanafin has died Seanad

Former Fianna Fáil senator Des Hanafin has died

He was aged 86.

From TheJournal.ie 'I'm surprised that the leader of our country had the neck to walk in Darkness Into Light' Mental Health

'I'm surprised that the leader of our country had the neck to walk in Darkness Into Light'

Senator Joan Freeman originally praised the Taoiseach for his involvement, but took a different view today in the Seanad.

From TheJournal.ie 'Darkness Into Light allows us to talk about the wound left by suicide' Pieta House This post contains videos

'Darkness Into Light allows us to talk about the wound left by suicide'

Senator Joan Freeman talks to us about mental health services and being ‘a pain in the government’s neck’.

From TheJournal.ie 'I couldn't believe they over-medicated my father to shut him up because he was singing' Safeguarding

'I couldn't believe they over-medicated my father to shut him up because he was singing'

During a debate on proposed new laws to protect the vulnerable, Senator Lynn Ruane opened up about her own experience.

From TheJournal.ie 'People are getting exploited': New law aims to ensure waiting staff get their tips They've Earned It

'People are getting exploited': New law aims to ensure waiting staff get their tips

Put forward by Sinn Féin senators, the law aims to ensure “transparency” over where your tip is going.

From TheJournal.ie Fianna Fáil accused of u-turn ahead of debate on lowering voting age to 16 Talkin' 'bout My Generation

Fianna Fáil accused of u-turn ahead of debate on lowering voting age to 16

Proposed legislation would reduce the voting age for local and European Parliament elections.

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