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Sunday 24 September 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Political Reform

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Poll: Should the Seanad be saved, abolished or reformed?
The Seanad turns 90 today. Should it be put out to pasture, given a new lease of life, or left as it is?
Column: Real reform is being overlooked in the deficit scramble
There was broad consensus that our political system needed major change, writes David McCann – but that now seems largely forgotten.
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…
Kenny promises new political corruption laws, with up to 10-year jail terms
The Taoiseach says the government has accepted a Mahon recommendation to legislate against political corruption.
Poll: Should the Seanad be abolished?
Six former senators have said that the upper house of the Oireachtas should be reformed instead of abolished as the government wants to do. But what do you think?
Former members call for Seanad to be reformed instead of abolished
A letter in today’s Irish Times calls for the upper house to be saved as the government looks to hold a referendum on abolishing it next year.
TGIF: How have the Dáil’s Friday sittings worked out?
As we approach the end of another Dáil term, we’ve been asking the government and the opposition how the much-vaunted sittings of the Dáil on the first Friday of every month have been working out.
Column: Ireland doesn't need a new political party, it needs a new politics
The intentions of those launching a new political party may be good but Ireland needs to look beyond the ballot box, argues Aidan Rowe.
Column: Ireland needs a new political party and here’s how we do it
Ireland has reached a point where the current political establishment is not serving the interests of the people, argues Martin Critten who intends to form a new party with a Citizens’ Charter.
Column: Getting a new driver isn’t enough – this country needs repairs
We may have a different government. But without serious political reform we’re headed for another crisis, writes Oliver Moran.
Three Labour senators break ranks over plan to scrap Seanad
The three senators are now likely to be kicked out of the Labour Parliamentary Party after supporting an opposition motion.
Overhaul sees number of Oireachtas committees increased
The Programme for Government included a pledge to reduce committee numbers – but the survivors had too much work.’s progress report for the Government: Political reform
The government has promised major political reform – but has it fulfilled its promises, one year in?’s progress report for the Government: Constitutional reform
Political reform was a hot topic in the election that saw Fine Gael and Labour take power. So what’s happened since?
Column: Politicians can’t fix Ireland – ordinary people must take the lead
The financial crisis was sparked by a broken system. If we’re going to fix this we can’t leave it up to politicians, write Bronagh Geraghty and John Hughes.
Halve the size of the Dáil, says Bertie Ahern
The former taoiseach says the Dáil should be composed of 70 to 80 TDs, elected from single seat-constituencies.
Column: Abolish the Seanad? Here's a better idea to fix our political system
Parish-pump politics is crippling our democracy – so Simon Tuohy offers a radical new proposal to fix the system.
Dáil votes to give itself more work... after seven weeks' holidays
When the Dáil returns on September 14 it will begin work earlier and sit for longer hours under a reformed system.
Size matters for Oireachtas, as more members squeeze into fewer committees
The number of committees will be slimmed down from 27 to 14, as details of the new Oireachtas committees are confirmed.
Government unveils details of plans for political funding reform
The new measures include details of gender quotas as well as new lower limits on the donations that parties can accept.
First meeting for possibly the last ever Seanad
The 24th Seanad convenes for the first time today, amid government plans to scrap the upper house of the Oireachtas for good.
Fianna Fáil proposes referendum on political donations rights
Fianna Fáil will tonight table a Bill moving a referendum so that people without voting rights cannot donate or campaign.
Government unveils plans to reduce number of TDs
The next Constituency Commission will be told to provide for a reduced number – reducing the Dáil by about a dozen.
Which would you do: shrink the Dáil, or scrap the Seanad?
All parties seem to be agreed that there’s too many politicians. Where would you cut them from – Dáil or Seanad?
Daily Fix: Monday
The highs and lows of today’s campaign trail: The manifestos of the three biggest political parties are unveiled, Dylan Haskins is caught between a rock and a hard place, and Éamon Ó Cuiv is all tuckered out.
Parties unveil plans for overhauling political system
Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour all lay down their plans for reforming Ireland’s political system and culture.
Parties to lay out proposals for political reform
Fine Gael and Labour will outline their plans for political reform, while Fianna Fáil will unveil its overall election manifesto.