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# Seanad Éireann

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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.
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.
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?
Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrapped
A referendum to overhaul the Oireachtas and abolish the Seanad is planned for early October.
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.
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.
Norris claims Iona Institute 'tried to mislead constitutional convention'
Norris has called for an inquiry into whether the conservative think-tank misrepresented a study about child parenting.
Taoiseach defended after Labour's leaflet attack... by Fianna Fáil
A Fianna Fáil senator comes out in defence of Enda Kenny after his inclusion in a Labour ‘get out the vote’ leaflet.
New Bill would give Seanad vote to all citizens - including emigrants
Professor John Crown’s Seanad Electoral Reform Bill will be debated by Senators this Wednesday evening.
TDs vote to liquidate IBRC in dramatic late-night Dáil sitting
TDs voted by 113 votes to 35 to wind down the former Anglo, laying off its employees with immediate effect.
LIVE: Seanad debates legislation to liquidate IBRC
Watch live from the Seanad Chamber as members deliberate on whether to immediately wind down the former Anglo.
Here’s how every TD voted on the Bill to liquidate IBRC
Here’s the total voting chart for how the Dáil divided on its final decision to liquidate the former Anglo Irish Bank.
Dáil approves Bill to liquidate IBRC
Catch up with text commentary from the Dáil as TDs voted to wind up the former Anglo.
Poll: Do you support swapping the promissory note for long-term bonds?
The government wants to issue long-term bonds to get rid of the IBRC promissory notes. What do you think?
President Higgins returning to Ireland to consider IBRC legislation
Michael D Higgins has interrupted a trip to Italy to make himself available if the Oireachtas passes an IBRC bill tonight.
Here’s the schedule for the Dáil’s late-night IBRC sitting
It’ll be a late one in the Dail.
Chief Whip says leaking of elements of IBRC plan is ‘unfortunate’
Paul Kehoe: “The Minister for Finance has taken action to secure the stability of IBRC in the face of these leaks.”
Dáil to sit at 10:30pm to debate emergency legislation on liquidating IBRC
TDs will reconvene after 10pm tonight to discuss plans to transfer IBRC’s assets to NAMA – as part of a deal to replace the promissory notes with long-term Government bonds.
Martin McAleese to resign from Seanad next week
The independent Senator has written to the Seanad Cathaoirleach, who will confirm the resignation on Tuesday.
In numbers: How much would we save by abolishing the Seanad?
We’ll be holding a referendum on abolishing the Seanad at some stage in 2013. So how much does it cost us every year?
Oireachtas agenda: Jobs crisis, regulator spending and VEC abolition
Legislation to replace VECs with new Education Boards is just one of several matters being debated in Leinster House today.
Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?
The forthcoming legislation on abortion will put the workings of the Oireachtas under a fresh spotlight. Here’s how the lawmaking process works.
VIDEO: Here are the highlights of the Dáil and Seanad in 2012
The Oireachtas has put together these videos taking a look at some of the key moments from the Dáil and Seanad this year.
Investigation into 'attempted hacking' of Oireachtas members' voicemails
The Houses of the Oireachtas ICT unit is investigating a possible attempt to hack the voicemail boxes of Oireachtas members and their staff in Leinster House.
Government will legislate to allow abortion in line with X Case ruling
The legislation, which will be introduced in the New Year, will be supplemented by more detailed regulations.
Consumer body seeking €130k chief executive for soon-to-be-merged body
The National Consumer Agency is seeking a new chief executive, despite being set to merge with the Competition Authority.
Mullen warns of 'double-think' on X Case after Newtown massacre
Rónán Mullen says it is “appropriate” to express sympathy with the shooting victims, but that unborn children should not be thought of differently.
Oireachtas agenda: Will the Seanad put the brakes on the Budget?
While the Seanad votes on welfare cuts and PRSI hikes, the Dáil holds its final debates on the new property tax.
Seanad vote could delay Budget's welfare cuts by three months
At least one Labour senator says he may vote against the Social Welfare Bill. One more defect could defeat the government.
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?
Oireachtas agenda: CIE debts, employment rights, abortion vote
Today’s business at Leinster House will include a debate on employment rights for immigrants of questionable working status.
Oireachtas agenda: Abortion Bill, EU presidency, extra funding
Two Government departments, and two state bodies, are seeking extra funding in today’s business at Leinster House.
Children’s Referendum website corrected after omitting part of amendment
The government’s scaled-down version of needed amending this evening after it omitted part of the referendum being held on Saturday.
Minister: Government acted "in good faith" on referendum information
Children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald says the Office of the Attorney General gave legal advice on the website and booklet.
VIDEO: TDs agree to give themselves next week off
A rare moment of unanimity in the Dáil chamber…
Oireachtas members paid €764k allowances for month without sittings
224 of the 226 members of the Dáil and Seanad were paid allowances in August, even though both houses were in recess.
Group's Seanad paper hopes to stimulate debate on possible reforms
A group including two current senators has published a booklet calling for reform of the Seanad rather than abolition.
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.
Government defeated – twice – in Seanad votes over reform talks
Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and independent members join forces to force a debate on circumventing plans to scrap the Seanad.
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.