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#Seanad Abolition

# seanad-abolition - Saturday 28 May, 2016

James Reilly "honoured" to join Seanad he once called "very undemocratic" and with "no power"
# Change Of Heart
# Change Of Heart

James Reilly "honoured" to join Seanad he once called "very undemocratic" and with "no power"

May 28th 2016, 2:34 PM 38,116 Views 147 Comments

In a 2013 statement calling for the Seanad to be abolished, Reilly labelled it “very undemocratic” and said it had “no power.”

# seanad-abolition - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

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

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.

# seanad-abolition - Thursday 10 October, 2013

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

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.

# seanad-abolition - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

"I voted No. I was disappointed with how the campaign went." - FG senator
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

"I voted No. I was disappointed with how the campaign went." - FG senator

Oct 9th 2013, 6:45 AM 6,097 Views 28 Comments

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”.

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

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

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.

# seanad-abolition - Sunday 6 October, 2013

Jigsaws, ‘The Beatles’ and €20m: Fine Gaelers rue ‘dreadful’ Seanad abolition campaign
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

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

Oct 6th 2013, 10:14 PM 23,241 Views 169 Comments

The post-mortem begins as Enda Kenny’s four-year campaign to get the Seanad abolished flounders.

Taoiseach had 'no difficulty' releasing Seanad referendum documents - but he didn't
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

Taoiseach had 'no difficulty' releasing Seanad referendum documents - but he didn't

Oct 6th 2013, 7:45 AM 11,335 Views 50 Comments

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.

# seanad-abolition - Saturday 5 October, 2013

AS IT HAPPENED: The Seanad is here to stay as referendum defeated
Live Oct 5th 2013, 9:56 PM

AS IT HAPPENED: The Seanad is here to stay as referendum defeated

'Sometimes in politics you get a wallop': Taoiseach on referendum result
# Seanad Abolition
# Seanad Abolition

'Sometimes in politics you get a wallop': Taoiseach on referendum result

Oct 5th 2013, 5:49 PM 9,212 Views 76 Comments

Enda Kenny said he welcomed the clarity that the referendum result has brought but added he was “naturally, personally disappointed”

'It went down badly on the doorstep': Taoiseach's decision not to debate criticised
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# Seanad Referendum

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

Oct 5th 2013, 4:18 PM 14,303 Views 112 Comments

Enda Kenny’s decision to decline to participate in television debates during the Seanad referendum campaign has been criticised today.

'We got the Twitter out': Norris explains No side's 'success' in Seanad referendum
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

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

Oct 5th 2013, 3:18 PM 12,625 Views 116 Comments

David Norris was in sparkling form at Dublin Castle this afternoon.

Fianna Fáil: We put forward arguments which demolished Fine Gael and Sinn Féin
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# Seanad Referendum

Fianna Fáil: We put forward arguments which demolished Fine Gael and Sinn Féin

Oct 5th 2013, 1:00 PM 7,146 Views 107 Comments

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.

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

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

Oct 5th 2013, 11:55 AM 11,095 Views 106 Comments

Too close to call is the word of the day.

# seanad-abolition - Friday 4 October, 2013

Get out the vote: Polls open across the country for two referenda
# Let's Vote
# Let's Vote

Get out the vote: Polls open across the country for two referenda

Oct 4th 2013, 7:00 AM 4,060 Views 70 Comments

The campaigning is over. Now it’s over to you.

# seanad-abolition - Thursday 3 October, 2013

He won't do any TV debates but here's Enda Kenny's pre-referendum message
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

He won't do any TV debates but here's Enda Kenny's pre-referendum message

Oct 3rd 2013, 12:11 PM 8,715 Views 188 Comments

He wants you to vote No. Ah no, we’re totally kidding…

Fianna Fáil: 'This government is up to something more than just Seanad abolition'
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# Seanad Referendum

Fianna Fáil: 'This government is up to something more than just Seanad abolition'

Oct 3rd 2013, 11:08 AM 6,412 Views 107 Comments

Fianna Fáil has warned about the impact on the Constitution that abolishing the Seanad will have in its final appeal to voters today.

McDowell's big book and 17 tweets from last night's Seanad referendum debate
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

McDowell's big book and 17 tweets from last night's Seanad referendum debate

Oct 3rd 2013, 8:00 AM 9,628 Views 101 Comments

He hasn’t gone away you know…

# seanad-abolition - Wednesday 2 October, 2013

Fine Gael uses giant jigsaw to argue for abolition of 'hijacked' Seanad
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

Fine Gael uses giant jigsaw to argue for abolition of 'hijacked' Seanad

Oct 2nd 2013, 3:58 PM 11,422 Views 91 Comments

After a little trouble with the colours of the Irish flag – and a little trip for Enda – we think they got the message across.

Labour: 'The case for retention of the Seanad has failed'
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

Labour: 'The case for retention of the Seanad has failed'

Oct 2nd 2013, 12:08 PM 3,944 Views 60 Comments

Labour made its closing argument ahead of Friday’s referendum at a press conference in Dublin today.

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

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

Oct 2nd 2013, 8:25 AM 6,386 Views 68 Comments

Vincent is really looking forward to it either way…

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

'The €20m figure is absolutely authoritative': Fine Gael is sticking to its guns
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

'The €20m figure is absolutely authoritative': Fine Gael is sticking to its guns

Oct 1st 2013, 11:10 AM 4,564 Views 84 Comments

The party is not for turning…

# seanad-abolition - Monday 30 September, 2013

We may be about to abolish it, but how has the Seanad ended up as it is today?
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

We may be about to abolish it, but how has the Seanad ended up as it is today?

Sep 30th 2013, 8:45 PM 6,353 Views 43 Comments

An historical perspective on the State’s Upper House explains its unusual method of composition and perhaps reveals its strange place in Irish politics.

Poll indicates Seanad referendum will pass, but a fifth don't know how they'll vote
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

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

Sep 30th 2013, 7:39 AM 5,294 Views 136 Comments

Still a large number of undecideds according a poll in the Irish Times this morning.

Everything you need to know about the Seanad referendum but were afraid to ask
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

Everything you need to know about the Seanad referendum but were afraid to ask

Sep 30th 2013, 7:30 AM 10,698 Views 40 Comments

With the referendum looming, we answer the questions you’re probably asking.

# seanad-abolition - Saturday 28 September, 2013

Taoiseach: Micheál Martin is looking for notice and an opportunity
# TV Debate
# TV Debate

Taoiseach: Micheál Martin is looking for notice and an opportunity

Sep 28th 2013, 6:44 PM 7,822 Views 135 Comments

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.

# seanad-abolition - Friday 27 September, 2013

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

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

Sep 27th 2013, 3:25 PM 6,355 Views 71 Comments

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.

'Breaking Bad? Oh that's great stuff': TDs talk TV at another Seanad photo-op
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

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

Sep 27th 2013, 12:04 PM 5,868 Views 20 Comments

Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton and Eoghan Murphy discussed the hit television show as they held another Seanad referendum photo-op in Dublin today.

Over two dozen academics urge No vote in Seanad referendum
# Academics Say No
# Academics Say No

Over two dozen academics urge No vote in Seanad referendum

Sep 27th 2013, 7:55 AM 7,473 Views 100 Comments

A total of 27 academics have put their name to a letter in the Irish Times today.

# seanad-abolition - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

The Reform Alliance is calling for a No vote in the Seanad referendum
# Taking A Stand
# Taking A Stand

The Reform Alliance is calling for a No vote in the Seanad referendum

Sep 25th 2013, 10:25 AM 6,198 Views 79 Comments

Lucinda Creighton said it would be “irresponsible of us not to advocate a position on it” in an interview this morning.

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

Martin to Taoiseach: 'You're adopting tactics that would make Libertas or Youth Defence blush'
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

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

Sep 24th 2013, 4:29 PM 6,594 Views 61 Comments

The Fianna Fáil leader has hit out at the Taoiseach over claims from Fine Gael that abolishing the Seanad will save €20 million.

# seanad-abolition - Sunday 22 September, 2013

Column: Seanad abolition would see group-think prevail in our political system
# Column
# Column

Column: Seanad abolition would see group-think prevail in our political system

Sep 22nd 2013, 8:30 AM 10 Views 21 Comments

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.

# seanad-abolition - Friday 20 September, 2013

Martin accepts RTÉ invite to debate on Seanad abolition but Taoiseach not keen
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

Martin accepts RTÉ invite to debate on Seanad abolition but Taoiseach not keen

Sep 20th 2013, 4:40 PM 9,805 Views 138 Comments

Micheál Martin has accepted an invitation to a head-to-head debate between the party leaders on 1 October but will the Taoiseach?

# seanad-abolition - Thursday 19 September, 2013

How much will Seanad abolition save? Quinn doesn't know, but Hayes says it's €20m
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# Seanad Referendum

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

Sep 19th 2013, 3:12 PM 4,074 Views 38 Comments

The Labour and Fine Gael ministers had different views on how much would be saved by abolishing the upper house.

# seanad-abolition - Wednesday 18 September, 2013

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

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

Sep 18th 2013, 7:00 AM 12 Views 37 Comments

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.

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Everything you need to know about the Seanad referendum but were afraid to ask
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

Everything you need to know about the Seanad referendum but were afraid to ask

Sep 17th 2013, 3:16 PM 168 Views 0 Comments

With the referendum looming, we answer the questions you’re probably asking.

# seanad-abolition - Saturday 14 September, 2013

Mathews: ‘The Seanad is like a car with 90-day brakes and I like to be in a car that has brakes’
# Reform Alliance
# Reform Alliance

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

Sep 14th 2013, 7:30 PM 6,967 Views 35 Comments

The newly-formed Reform Alliance reiterated that they are a group of individuals with no united decision on the Seanad.

# seanad-abolition - Friday 13 September, 2013

'I can't kiss you on the lips': Little talk of Seanad as Gerry Adams canvasses in Dublin
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

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

Sep 13th 2013, 12:34 PM 13,120 Views 180 Comments

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.

Here's how the Dáil will pass legislation if the Seanad is abolished
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

Here's how the Dáil will pass legislation if the Seanad is abolished

Sep 13th 2013, 6:30 AM 5,791 Views 28 Comments

Committees would be radically overhauled and given the task of scrutinising legislation to an even greater degree under the government’s reform plans.

# seanad-abolition - Tuesday 10 September, 2013

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

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

Sep 10th 2013, 1:50 PM 4,478 Views 78 Comments

The two parties launched their Seanad referendum campaigns today.

# seanad-abolition - Monday 9 September, 2013

‘Do I get the brown envelope?’: Minister meets mixed reaction on Dublin canvass
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

‘Do I get the brown envelope?’: Minister meets mixed reaction on Dublin canvass

Sep 9th 2013, 10:34 PM 19,690 Views 60 Comments

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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