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# Seanad Éireann

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24th Seanad elects Fianna Fáil senator as Leas Chathaoirleach
Senator Denis O’Donovan was elected the Seanad’s Leas Chathaoirleach unopposed.
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.
'Father' David Norris inspires Seanad maiden speeches
Veteran senator warns that current crop of colleagues have to prove their worth ahead of next year’s proposed referendum on keeping the Seanad Éireann.
First meeting for possibly the last ever Seanad
The 24th Seanad convenes for the first time today, amid government plans to scrap the upper house of the Oireachtas for good.
First sitting of 24th Seanad tomorrow afternoon
The 60 senators of the 24th Seanad Éireann will meet tomorrow afternoon for the first time to pick a Seanad Cathaoirleach.
President's husband among Taoiseach's 11 Seanad nominees
Dr Martin McAleese will become a member of the new Seanad – as will Eamon Coughlan and Fiach MacConghail.
Seanad expected to see out term despite referendum
Holding a referendum on the issue of abolishing the Seanad is a lengthy process, says government spokesperson.
Eamon Ryan launches Greens leadership bid... by battling a helicopter
Hovering helicopter makes a din as former minister records leadership launch video in a park – as fellow candidate sticks with the ‘outdoorsy’ theme…
FG pulls ahead as Seanad election counts near completion
Four of the five vocational panels are now nearly complete, while the two University constituencies are also nearly wrapped up.
SIPO probe into Ivor Callely's mobile phone claims discontinued
File on Callely gone to DPP as Standards in Public Office Commission finishes investigation into former senator’s phone expenses claim.
Female Fáil: Seanad elections see FF women back in Leinster House
Mary White and Averil Power are set to take seats in the Industrial & Commercial Panel, breaking the all-male presence in the FF parliamentary party.
Counting for Seanad’s Labour panel underway, as agricultural seats are completed
Fianna Fáil’s vote management brings home four candidates – but only one of them is backed by Micheál Martin.
Big FF names tumble in second Seanad election
Former junior ministers Martin Mansergh and Sean Connick both fail in bids to win election to the Administrative panel.
FG, FF and Labour share spoils in first of five Seanad elections
Fianna Fáil sources are happy with its vote management, securing two of the five seats in the Cultural & Educational Panel.
A bluffer's guide to the Seanad election count
Did you vote in the Seanad elections? Relax – you probably didn’t have one. Here’s how the whole thing works.
The Daily Fix: Friday
Our usual wrap-up of the day’s news, and some bits you may have missed from the last 24 hours.
Callely the only senator not to receive expenses for February
The latest Oireachtas expenses report shows Ivor Callely was the only Senator not to get expenses while the Seanad was off.
Over €1m wasted on postage due to out-of-date Seanad registers
Candidates for the Seanad’s University panels claim the voting register is badly out of date – wasting thousands in postage costs.
Ivor asked to leave Seanad after demanding time for personal statement
The final sitting of the Seanad is called to a halt after the controversial Callely seeks time to explain his expenses claims.
121 candidates in the running for 43 Seanad panel seats
There are 31 Fianna Fáil candidates running – three times as many as party HQ would like – while Fine Gael fields 54, Labour 13.
FF 'old guard' hits out at Martin's Seanad plans
Fianna Fáil’s leader names the ten candidates he’s prioritising – despite there being over a dozen others in the running.
Kenny to face first Leaders' Questions as Taoiseach
After eight and a half years asking the questions, today Taoiseach Enda Kenny will answer them for the first time as leader.
Independents to meet on running Seanad candidates
Independent TDs, senators, MEPs and councillors will attend a meeting to see if non-party candidates can win Seanad seats.
Brian Cowen gives party pal a Seanad seat
Ousted TD gets seat – but just for a few weeks until Seanad election.
The Half Past Fix: 11.30pm
EVERY hour – on the half hour – brings you your fix of election tallies, predictions and results of the last 60 minutes. Here’s how the winners and losers of GE11 are playing out so far.
Which would you do: shrink the Dáil, or scrap the Seanad?
All parties seem to be agreed that there’s too many politicians. Where would you cut them from – Dáil or Seanad?
Parties to lay out proposals for political reform
Fine Gael and Labour will outline their plans for political reform, while Fianna Fáil will unveil its overall election manifesto.
High Court awards Callely €17k in damages for Seanad suspension
Senator Ivor Callely has been awarded damages relating to his loss of earnings over his quashed Seanad suspension.
Seanad passes Finance Bill after late bankers' bonus scare
The Finance Bill passes unamended through the Seanad, after a late scare for Fianna Fáil when the Greens jump ship.
Dáil unlikely to need summoning for Finance Bill
The Finance Bill will finish its passage through the Seanad today, allowing dozens of on-hold TDs to take Saturday night off.
Ivor's Seanad finale: "The truth shall set you free"
The controversial Senator retires in the same way he lived: annoying pretty much everyone else in Seanad Éireann.
Cowen confirms Dáil dissolution request for Tuesday
As the Finance Bill is sent to the Seanad, Brian Cowen confirms he’ll wait until Tuesday before going to the Park.
The Finance Bill: The schedule in full
Here’s how the next week in the Dáíl and Seanad will pan out, in order to allow an election be held as quickly as possible.
Dáil prepares for final days before dissolution
The Dáil schedule is cleared to allow the Finance Bill to be sped through – and may be in on Saturday night to wrap up.