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#Seanad Éireann

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 6 June, 2013

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?

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrapped

A referendum to overhaul the Oireachtas and abolish the Seanad is planned for early October.

# seanad-eireann - Sunday 12 May, 2013

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.

# seanad-eireann - Monday 6 May, 2013

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.

# seanad-eireann - Friday 19 April, 2013

Norris claims Iona Institute 'tried to mislead constitutional convention' Same-Sex Marriage This post contains videos

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

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.

# seanad-eireann - Sunday 3 March, 2013

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 7 February, 2013

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 Prom Night This post contains videos

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.

As it happened: Dáil approves Bill to liquidate IBRC

Catch up with text commentary from the Dáil as TDs voted to wind up the former Anglo.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 6 February, 2013

Poll: Do you support swapping the promissory note for long-term bonds? Your Say This post contains a poll

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 Promissory Note

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.

# seanad-eireann - Friday 1 February, 2013

Martin McAleese to resign from Seanad next week

The independent Senator has written to the Seanad Cathaoirleach, who will confirm the resignation on Tuesday.

# seanad-eireann - Sunday 20 January, 2013

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?

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 17 January, 2013

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 2 January, 2013

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 27 December, 2012

VIDEO: Here are the highlights of the Dáil and Seanad in 2012 Review 2012 This post contains videos

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

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-eireann - Sunday 16 December, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

Poll: Should the Seanad be saved, abolished or reformed? Your Say This post contains a poll

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?

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 28 November, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 27 November, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 8 November, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 25 October, 2012

VIDEO: TDs agree to give themselves next week off Mid-term Break This post contains videos

VIDEO: TDs agree to give themselves next week off

A rare moment of unanimity in the Dáil chamber…

# seanad-eireann - Monday 1 October, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 26 September, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 20 June, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 19 June, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 3 May, 2012

VIDEO: Alan Shatter has a laughing fit... in the Seanad Giggles This post contains videos

VIDEO: Alan Shatter has a laughing fit... in the Seanad

What’s got the justice minister so amused? Apparently it’s the plethora of acronyms contained in his own speech…

# seanad-eireann - Saturday 31 March, 2012

Column: David Norris's Privacy Bill recycles a flawed earlier version

Secretary of the Irish NUJ, Séamus Dooley, on his concerns about the recent legislation proposed by a number of independent senators.