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# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 28 March, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Monday 19 March, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 15 March, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Saturday 25 February, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 23 February, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 22 February, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 16 February, 2012

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”.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Sunday 5 February, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Saturday 4 February, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Friday 20 January, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 12 January, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 22 December, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

GALLERY: A day of Budget protests at Leinster House Budget 2012 This post contains images

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 24 November, 2011

Mary Robinson addresses the Seanad on its role in her career Seanad Éireann This post contains videos

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 Balancing The Books This post contains videos

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.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 22 November, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 9 November, 2011

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? Your Say This post contains a poll

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?

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 20 October, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 19 October, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Monday 17 October, 2011

Poll: How will you vote on the referendum on Oireachtas inquiries? Your Say This post contains a poll

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Friday 23 September, 2011

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 21 September, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Saturday 17 September, 2011

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’.

# seanad-eireann - Saturday 10 September, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 26 July, 2011

FG senator wants to change words of National Anthem Amhrán Na Laoch? This post contains a poll

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 21 July, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Monday 18 July, 2011

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

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.

# seanad-eireann - Saturday 16 July, 2011

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things to know this morning, including a row between Church and State, the wrong type of Roscommon U-turn, and a bad day for Lady Gaga…

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 12 July, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 29 June, 2011

'Ming' Flanagan says suicide remarks taken out of context Ming Flanagan This post contains videos

'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”.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 9 June, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

24th Seanad elects Fianna Fáil senator as Leas Chathaoirleach

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

# seanad-eireann - Monday 30 May, 2011

Seanad could sit more often than Dáil under new Leader's plans

Maurice Cummins wants to ensure that the Seanad sits on Fridays where possible – a practice not yet followed by the Dáil.