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# Seanad referendum

All time
# Change of heart
James Reilly "honoured" to join Seanad he once called "very undemocratic" and with "no power"
In a 2013 statement calling for the Seanad to be abolished, Reilly labelled it “very undemocratic” and said it had “no power.”
# The other house
The government won't be doing any Seanad reform after all
Proposals to expand the electorate will not be implemented before the election.
# What reform?
Senator admits his two-day week 'gives the impression the Seanad is full of dossers'
Earlier, the Taoiseach promised that senators will get more work once legislation to give all third-level graduates a vote in Seanad elections is passed. The upper house is sitting for just a day-and-a-half this week.
# Newstalk
BAI upholds part of complaint about Newstalk 'attack' on Taoiseach
The complaint related to comments made on the broadcaster’s breakfast show about Kenny’s decision not to take part in a debate on the Seanad referendum.
# Review 2013
The day Enda got a political wallop and 7 other moments that defined the political year
Promissory note gone, abortion legislated for, the Seanad retained, and the bailout exited – here are few key moments from the past 12 months.
Voices
Column: Politics in Ireland is eating itself
The Government has been burned twice in apparently straightforward attempts to reform the political system due to a misguided, blanket rejection of all politicians by the public, writes Colm Ó Broin.
# Seanad referendum
Taoiseach clashes with Fine Gael TD over Seanad referendum campaign
Enda Kenny and John Deasy, who have clashed before, did so again at the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting last night.
# Seanad referendum
"I voted No. I was disappointed with how the campaign went." - FG senator
A Fine Gael senator who was pro-abolition of the Seanad, has said that he voted against the referendum because he felt the Yes campaign was “disrespectful”.
# Seanad reform
Kenny: I've a busy schedule but I'll talk about Seanad reform as soon as I can
The Taoiseach has proposed all-party talks involving leaders in the Dáil and Seanad on what to do with the upper house.
# Quinn-Zappone Bill
Everyone's talking about reforming the Seanad, but how could we do it?
The Quinn-Zappone bill is being talked about a lot right now. But what’s in it? We take a look…
# Liam Adams
Adams 'rejects' efforts to make brother's conviction 'a party political issue'
The Sinn Féin president was asked about his brother Liam, the Seanad referendum and his own future in an interview this morning.
# Political wallop
'He probably should have done it': Kenny's TV debate refusal divides politicians
While Minister Pat Rabbitte said it was his view that Enda Kenny should have debated abolition, Fine Gael chairman Charlie Flanagan insisted that the Taoiseach engaged “up and down the country”.
# Seanad referendum
East-west divide? Referendum map shows how the country split on Seanad
In the east they said No but in the west it was largely a Yes.
# Seanad referendum
Jigsaws, ‘The Beatles’ and €20m: Fine Gaelers rue ‘dreadful’ Seanad abolition campaign
The post-mortem begins as Enda Kenny’s four-year campaign to get the Seanad abolished flounders.
Voices
Column: The Seanad 'No' vote was the first step towards political reform
Some cynics claim that the government will do nothing about the Seanad now, but they are ignoring the reality that 93 per cent of the people oppose the status quo, writes Larry Donnelly.
# Seanad reform
Reform Alliance seeks debate and wants directly elected Seanad
One of their members Denis Naughten TD also says that “there might have been a different result on Saturday had the Dáil had been reformed first.”
# Seanad referendum
Taoiseach had 'no difficulty' releasing Seanad referendum documents - but he didn't
Enda Kenny told Micheál Martin he would forward information about the Seanad referendum compiled by a unit in his department to the Fianna Fáil leader but this didn’t happen before Friday’s vote.
AS IT HAPPENED
The Seanad is here to stay as referendum defeated
“Sometimes in politics, you get a wallop in the electoral process” – Enda Kenny
# Seanad reform
‘Reflection’ the buzz word but Taoiseach and Tánaiste appear open to Seanad reform
The government must now decide what it plans to do with the retained upper house.
# Fianna Fáil
The Irish people said 'No' to the power grab - Micheál Martin
The Fianna Fáil leader told party faithful this evening that supporters are ‘pushing forward with rejuvenation throughout the country’.
# Enda Kenny
Taoiseach defends debate decision: 'I answered questions here, there and everywhere'
Enda Kenny has come under fire for declining to participate in televised debates on the Seanad Referendum in the wake of its defeat.
# Seanad Abolition
'Sometimes in politics you get a wallop': Taoiseach on referendum result
Enda Kenny said he welcomed the clarity that the referendum result has brought but added he was “naturally, personally disappointed”
# Seanad referendum
Here's how the country voted in the Seanad Referendum
What way did your constituency go? Find out here…
# Seanad referendum
'A great day for Irish democracy': Senators and Fianna Fáil toast referendum win
The moment of victory was sweet for some…
# Seanad referendum
'It went down badly on the doorstep': Taoiseach's decision not to debate criticised
Enda Kenny’s decision to decline to participate in television debates during the Seanad referendum campaign has been criticised today.
# Seanad referendum
'We got the Twitter out': Norris explains No side's 'success' in Seanad referendum
David Norris was in sparkling form at Dublin Castle this afternoon.
# Seanad referendum
Fianna Fáil: We put forward arguments which demolished Fine Gael and Sinn Féin
Niall Collins said that the party is not taking anything for granted but is encouraged by the results of tallies coming in from around the country.
# Seanad Abolition
Dublin set to reject Seanad abolition as referendum result to be tight
Too close to call is the word of the day.
# Referendums
'We don’t really simplify things that are straightforward': Ballot papers cause confusion
The green and white papers caused a bit of confusion yesterday.
# Exercise the franchise
PIC: Low turnout reported as voters decide on Seanad and Court of Appeal
Have you voted yet?
# Exercise the franchise
PIC: If you haven't voted yet these are what your two ballot papers will look like
Here’s what to expect if you’re heading to your polling station in the next few hours.
# Let's vote
Get out the vote: Polls open across the country for two referenda
The campaigning is over. Now it’s over to you.
# Seanad
Confusion and not obstruction was reason for government’s defeat in the Seanad
Why did the government lose a vote in the Seanad last night? Here’s what we’ve found out today.
# Seanad referendum
He won't do any TV debates but here's Enda Kenny's pre-referendum message
He wants you to vote No. Ah no, we’re totally kidding…
# Seanad referendum
Fianna Fáil: 'This government is up to something more than just Seanad abolition'
Fianna Fáil has warned about the impact on the Constitution that abolishing the Seanad will have in its final appeal to voters today.
# Get out the vote
Minister expects low turnout and senators to respect referendum result
Phil Hogan said he’s not worried about claims senators may disrupt the government’s legislative agenda if the public votes to abolish the Seanad. Though he was speaking before last night’s defeat in the chamber.
# polling hours
TD publishes bill to set 7am to 10pm polling hours in stone
Andrew Doyle said the variation in polling hours in some elections is causing confusion and resulting in potential lower turnouts.
# Seanad referendum
McDowell's big book and 17 tweets from last night's Seanad referendum debate
He hasn’t gone away you know…
# Seanad
'The question is carried, isn't it?': The moment the government was defeated in the Seanad
It wasn’t the first time the government has lost a vote in the upper house but it came with the referendum just two days away.
AS IT HAPPENED
Vincent Browne's Seanad debate
Miss the Vincent Browne Seanad debate? Read our blow-by-blow account here, there were four people…and Vin B, what more do you want?