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# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 25 May, 2011

'Father' David Norris inspires Seanad maiden speeches Seanad This post contains images

'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.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Friday 20 May, 2011

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-eireann - Sunday 8 May, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Friday 6 May, 2011

Eamon Ryan launches Greens leadership bid... by battling a helicopter Green For Go This post contains videos

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…

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 28 April, 2011

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.

Take 5: Thursday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 27 April, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 26 April, 2011

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.

Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

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.

# seanad-eireann - Friday 8 April, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 24 March, 2011

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.

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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.

# seanad-eireann - Monday 21 March, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Wednesday 16 March, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 15 March, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Saturday 5 March, 2011

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.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you really need to know by 9am: A race against time for coalition talks, the Queen’s visit is labelled “premature”, and cheaper electricity prices on the way.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 3 March, 2011

Brian Cowen gives party pal a Seanad seat

Ousted TD gets seat – but just for a few weeks until Seanad election.

# seanad-eireann - Sunday 27 February, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Thursday 17 February, 2011

Which would you do: shrink the Dáil, or scrap the Seanad? GE11 This post contains a poll

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?

# seanad-eireann - Monday 7 February, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Monday 31 January, 2011

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-eireann - Saturday 29 January, 2011

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.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Egypt’s under-fire president sacks his cabinet, woman dies in Dublin house fire, and why men are more likely to forgive cheating women…

# seanad-eireann - Friday 28 January, 2011

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 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: More health insurance hikes, more debates about debates, but no more fanmail for Hitler’s former bodyguard…

# seanad-eireann - Tuesday 25 January, 2011

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.

# seanad-eireann - Friday 14 January, 2011

Take 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# seanad-eireann - Monday 3 January, 2011

Referendum on Seanad 'unlikely', says Greens' Boyle

The Green Party chairman – and deputy leader of the Seanad – says he doesn’t think the Seanad will allow for a referendum.

Poll: Should we scrap the Seanad entirely? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should we scrap the Seanad entirely?

There could be a referendum on the way to scrap the upper house of the OIreachtas. What’s your opinion on it?