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

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

Mar 31st 2012, 8:30 AM 62 Views 8 Comments

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

Shatter launches stinging attack on 'contrived' journalism
# Press Freedom
# Press Freedom

Shatter launches stinging attack on 'contrived' journalism

Mar 28th 2012, 1:28 PM 3,353 Views 35 Comments

The minister for justice tells a Seanad debate that some journalists omit important facts in order to scandalise the public.

Callely in legal action over newspaper reports of property ownership
# Courts
# Courts

Callely in legal action over newspaper reports of property ownership

Mar 19th 2012, 8:00 AM 6,122 Views 0 Comments

The former senator is seeking legal action against the publishers of the Irish Independent and the Irish Mail on Sunday.

Open democracy: Leinster House to offer public tours from tomorrow
# Oireachtas
# Oireachtas

Open democracy: Leinster House to offer public tours from tomorrow

Mar 15th 2012, 6:25 PM 3,398 Views 34 Comments

Members of the public can now tour the houses of the Oireachtas every Monday and on non-sitting Fridays without having to book beforehand.

Government stops independent Senators’ move to raise gender quotas
# Gender Quotas
# Gender Quotas

Government stops independent Senators’ move to raise gender quotas

Mar 15th 2012, 2:01 PM 1,824 Views 40 Comments

Independent senators had wanted new laws to require at least 40 per cent of candidates to be from either gender.

The Daily Fix: Saturday
# Daily Fix
# Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Saturday

Feb 25th 2012, 7:40 PM 4,886 Views 1 Comment

Your essential round-up of all the day’s main news and the bits and bobs that you may have missed.

RTÉ Board to be told today that 'it can't run a deficit'
# RTÉ
# RTÉ

RTÉ Board to be told today that 'it can't run a deficit'

Feb 23rd 2012, 8:00 AM 2,615 Views 34 Comments

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte assures senators after questions on whether taxpayer is “getting bang for our buck” with licence fee.

Pat Rabbitte criticises descent of media into "corrosive cynicism"
# Media Standards
# Media Standards

Pat Rabbitte criticises descent of media into "corrosive cynicism"

Feb 22nd 2012, 5:33 PM 3,243 Views 28 Comments

The Minister for Communications was leading statements on media standards in the Seanad – and hearing concerns from senators about the future of the media in Ireland.

David Norris says tabloid editor told him stories about him were "payback"
# Seanad
# Seanad

David Norris says tabloid editor told him stories about him were "payback"

Feb 22nd 2012, 3:33 PM 6,547 Views 50 Comments

Independent senator and former Presidential candidate scathing of media standards during discussion in Seanad.

Harsh words in Seanad over cut on EU-IMF interest
# Fiscal Compact
# Fiscal Compact

Harsh words in Seanad over cut on EU-IMF interest

Feb 16th 2012, 1:42 PM 2,275 Views 14 Comments

Lucinda Creighton says she would refuse to return to the Seanad if FF members “accuse me of being a liar”.

Government blocks Seanad move to abolish unvouched independents’ allowance
# Expenses
# Expenses

Government blocks Seanad move to abolish unvouched independents’ allowance

Feb 15th 2012, 3:14 PM 3,424 Views 21 Comments

An amendment moved by independent Senators making the ‘leaders’ allowance’ vouched has been defeated by the government.

Former FF senator given €3,100 expenses for role he couldn't fulfil
# Expenses
# Expenses

Former FF senator given €3,100 expenses for role he couldn't fulfil

Feb 5th 2012, 4:19 PM 7,273 Views 52 Comments

Pat Moylan was paid €3100.05 in expenses across April and May – for being the Cathaoireach of a Seanad that no longer existed.

Here’s how much the Seanad received in expenses last year
# Seanad Expenses
# Seanad Expenses

Here’s how much the Seanad received in expenses last year

Feb 4th 2012, 6:00 AM 6,616 Views 45 Comments

The figures for Senators’ expenses for December allow us to build a full picture of the payments made to each member last year.

Senator says we should allow fracking - to create jobs
# Fracking
# Fracking

Senator says we should allow fracking - to create jobs

Jan 20th 2012, 7:15 AM 5,689 Views 117 Comments

Feargal Quinn suggests that companies could be asked to put up a bond equal to the clean-up cost of any possible environmental damage.

Ireland’s ‘best-kept secret’: 12 senators receiving €23k annual 'leaders' allowance'
# Expenses
# Expenses

Ireland’s ‘best-kept secret’: 12 senators receiving €23k annual 'leaders' allowance'

Jan 12th 2012, 5:05 PM 11,560 Views 76 Comments

12 independent members of the Seanad are entitled to a little-known allowance of around €23,000 per year, TDs are told.

Callely win could land taxpayer with €500k legal bill
# Expenses
# Expenses

Callely win could land taxpayer with €500k legal bill

Jan 12th 2012, 11:46 AM 5,953 Views 71 Comments

The Public Accounts Committee is told that Ivor Callely’s legal fees for his Supreme Court challenge could reach hundreds of thousands.

26 bills - but no referendums - on government's list of Spring bills
# The Law
# The Law

26 bills - but no referendums - on government's list of Spring bills

Jan 11th 2012, 5:51 PM 2,278 Views 20 Comments

The government’s draft agenda for the Dáil’s spring term includes 26 bills to be published, and another 25 currently in draft.

Senator's bill would make 'corporate manslaughter' a criminal offence
# Manslaughter
# Manslaughter

Senator's bill would make 'corporate manslaughter' a criminal offence

Dec 22nd 2011, 7:00 AM 2,504 Views 17 Comments

Legislation proposed by FF senator Mark Daly would criminalise companies who breach a duty of care to a person who then dies.

GALLERY: A day of Budget protests at Leinster House
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

GALLERY: A day of Budget protests at Leinster House

Dec 6th 2011, 9:53 PM 2,649 Views 26 Comments

Various lobby and protest groups held demonstrations in Dublin today, to coincide with the Budget announcements. Here’s a sample.

Mary Robinson addresses the Seanad on its role in her career
# Seanad Éireann
# Seanad Éireann

Mary Robinson addresses the Seanad on its role in her career

Nov 24th 2011, 11:46 AM 976 Views 0 Comments

Watch live from the Seanad as former President Mary Robinson speaks about its role in her career as a human rights activist.

WATCH: Eamonn Coghlan gets Senators exercised - literally - in the Seanad
# Balancing The Books
# Balancing The Books

WATCH: Eamonn Coghlan gets Senators exercised - literally - in the Seanad

Nov 24th 2011, 10:50 AM 2,595 Views 7 Comments

Eamonn Coghlan asked members of the Seanad to try out some balance exercises during a debate on PE teaching yesterday.

David Norris to lodge Seanad complaint over media treatment
# Seanad Éireann
# Seanad Éireann

David Norris to lodge Seanad complaint over media treatment

Nov 22nd 2011, 3:04 PM 2,855 Views 22 Comments

David Norris says he has been subjected to abusive media tactics similar to those being discussed at the UK’s Leveson Inquiry.

First women-only Oireachtas meeting sparks controversy
# Oireachtas
# Oireachtas

First women-only Oireachtas meeting sparks controversy

Nov 9th 2011, 12:31 PM 2,599 Views 61 Comments

Labour’s Joanna Tuffy has objected to the ‘pigeonholing’ of women in the meeting to be held tonight.

Poll: Should there be a gender quota in general elections?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should there be a gender quota in general elections?

Nov 9th 2011, 11:27 AM 3,005 Views 112 Comments

As Mary Mitchell-O’Connor hosts an all-women meeting of TDs and senators, we are asking you: Should there be a minimum quota on the number of women putting themselves forward for political election?

Higgins statement on Norris and bank guarantee ‘released in error’
# Race For The Áras
# Race For The Áras

Higgins statement on Norris and bank guarantee ‘released in error’

Oct 20th 2011, 4:30 PM 1,509 Views 7 Comments

Press release had admonished Norris on his bank guarantee bill voting record – but today, both Presidential candidates insist there is “no spat” between them and Higgins had not seen nor approved the release.

Senator lashes lack of media solidarity for Sam Smyth
# Broadcasting
# Broadcasting

Senator lashes lack of media solidarity for Sam Smyth

Oct 19th 2011, 4:05 PM 2,106 Views 17 Comments

Labour senator John Whelan criticises members of the media for not offering public support to Today FM’s Sam Smyth.

Poll: How will you vote on the referendum on Oireachtas inquiries?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: How will you vote on the referendum on Oireachtas inquiries?

Oct 17th 2011, 12:22 PM 3,341 Views 51 Comments

Today we’re asking how you plan to vote on one of the two referendums which are taking place on 27 October alongside the Presidential election.

Norris received TCD disability pension because of Hepatitis diagnosis
# Race For The Áras
# Race For The Áras

Norris received TCD disability pension because of Hepatitis diagnosis

Oct 5th 2011, 12:22 PM 4,516 Views 136 Comments

David Norris confirms he received a disability pension from Trinity College, after being diagnosed with Hepatitis in 1994.

Senator says requests for Norris support 'feel like harassment'
# Race For The Áras
# Race For The Áras

Senator says requests for Norris support 'feel like harassment'

Sep 23rd 2011, 11:12 AM 2,606 Views 100 Comments

Jillian van Turnhout says some people asking her to nominate David Norris for the Presidency “have been abusive”.

Government to block "bizarre proposal" restricting lobbying of judges
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

Government to block "bizarre proposal" restricting lobbying of judges

Sep 21st 2011, 11:01 AM 1,063 Views 10 Comments

The government is to vote against John Crown’s bill which would require TDs and Senators to declare any contact with judges.

Column: I'm in the Seanad now - but I think it needs to change or die
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: I'm in the Seanad now - but I think it needs to change or die

Sep 17th 2011, 9:15 AM 28 Views 8 Comments

Kathryn Reilly is only 22 but her life changed “spectacularly” when she became a Sinn Féin senator this year. Here she explains how she did it – and what she has found since she got to the ‘upper house’.

Senator donating entire Seanad salary to cancer research
# Seanad Expenses
# Seanad Expenses

Senator donating entire Seanad salary to cancer research

Sep 10th 2011, 1:12 PM 2,080 Views 28 Comments

Prof John Crown is also putting his parliamentary expenses towards the employment of a political policy researcher.

FG senator wants to change words of National Anthem
# Amhrán Na Laoch?
# Amhrán Na Laoch?

FG senator wants to change words of National Anthem

Jul 26th 2011, 12:53 PM 3,802 Views 55 Comments

Jim Darcy told the Seanad that the words ‘Sinne Fianna Fáil’ were “appropriated” and should be changed back.

In numbers: the first term of the new Dáil and Seanad
# School's Out
# School's Out

In numbers: the first term of the new Dáil and Seanad

Jul 21st 2011, 2:19 PM 493 Views 3 Comments

The Dáil wraps up for the summer holidays today. Here’s some figures as to how things have gone so far.

Leinster House strikes €300,000 deal for staff night-time taxi service

Leinster House strikes €300,000 deal for staff night-time taxi service

Jul 18th 2011, 10:30 AM 848 Views 9 Comments

Staff working after 10pm are entitled to take taxis home – but plans for Dáil reform should cut how often they’re used.

European Parliament president backs cut in bailout interest rate
# Bailout
# Bailout

European Parliament president backs cut in bailout interest rate

Jul 12th 2011, 10:16 AM 305 Views 10 Comments

Jerzy Buzek is in Ireland for a two-day visit, and will address the Seanad and an Oireachtas Committee on Ireland’s role.

'Ming' Flanagan says suicide remarks taken out of context
# Ming Flanagan
# Ming Flanagan

'Ming' Flanagan says suicide remarks taken out of context

Jun 29th 2011, 9:17 AM 2,140 Views 17 Comments

Senator accuses TD of having told a Department of Health official to “go get a rope and commit suicide”.

Size matters for Oireachtas, as more members squeeze into fewer committees
# Political Reform
# Political Reform

Size matters for Oireachtas, as more members squeeze into fewer committees

Jun 9th 2011, 12:54 PM 827 Views 17 Comments

The number of committees will be slimmed down from 27 to 14, as details of the new Oireachtas committees are confirmed.

24th Seanad elects Fianna Fáil senator as Leas Chathaoirleach
# Seanad
# Seanad

24th Seanad elects Fianna Fáil senator as Leas Chathaoirleach

Jun 1st 2011, 5:00 PM 425 Views 0 Comments

Senator Denis O’Donovan was elected the Seanad’s Leas Chathaoirleach unopposed.