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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…
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.
Shatter launches stinging attack on 'contrived' journalism
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
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
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
Independent senators had wanted new laws to require at least 40 per cent of candidates to be from either gender.
The Daily Fix: Saturday
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'
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"
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"
Independent senator and former Presidential candidate scathing of media standards during discussion in Seanad.
Harsh words in Seanad over cut on EU-IMF interest
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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’
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
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?
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The number of committees will be slimmed down from 27 to 14, as details of the new Oireachtas committees are confirmed.