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# Seanad referendum

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McDowell, McDonald, Martin and Bruton lined up for Vincent Browne debate tonight
Vincent Browne hosts the final Seanad referendum TV debate tonight.
Fine Gael uses giant jigsaw to argue for abolition of 'hijacked' Seanad
After a little trouble with the colours of the Irish flag – and a little trip for Enda – we think they got the message across.
Labour: 'The case for retention of the Seanad has failed'
Labour made its closing argument ahead of Friday’s referendum at a press conference in Dublin today.
Here's how Twitter reacted to last night's Prime Time Seanad referendum debate
13 of the best tweets selected for you buy us
Round 2? Unclear if Martin will debate Bruton again on Vincent Browne tonight
Vincent is really looking forward to it either way…
Dublin City Council apologises for error that saw dead people sent Polling Cards
New voters have not been sent Polling Cards, says Dublin City Council, but they are not essential.
Prime Time Seanad debate
It’s Richard Bruton versus Michael Martin, and it’s live.
Sinn Féin: Let us take part in the Prime Time debate
Meanwhile Fianna Fáil has slammed Fine Gael’s “play acting” over who takes part in tonight’s TV debate. Luckily this will all be over in a few days…
'The €20m figure is absolutely authoritative': Fine Gael is sticking to its guns
The party is not for turning…
Richard Bruton is representing the government on the Prime Time debate
And it’s on tonight.
Student grant protests planned across the country today
The protests come as the USI attempt to mobilise a voting block of 50,000 students in a database by the local and European elections next year.
Column: The Seanad gives a false comfort to those seeking proper checks and balances
Some might argue that a bad Seanad is better than no Seanad – but having a “bad” Seanad is far worse, inspiring only cynicism and harming the political process, writes Ale White TD.
Column: This not the time for a cynical power grab – the Seanad must be retained
In pushing for Seanad abolition, the government is trying to strip a layer of democracy designed to give fundamental protections to citizens, writes Niall Collins TD.
We may be about to abolish it, but how has the Seanad ended up as it is today?
An historical perspective on the State’s Upper House explains its unusual method of composition and perhaps reveals its strange place in Irish politics.
'Happy to do that': Bruton will present €20m cheque in 2017 if Seanad is abolished
Fine Gael’s argument that abolishing the Seanad will save €20 million was again under scrutiny today with the Minister giving a commitment to the Irish public.
Poll indicates Seanad referendum will pass, but a fifth don't know how they'll vote
Still a large number of undecideds according a poll in the Irish Times this morning.
Everything you need to know about the Seanad referendum but were afraid to ask
With the referendum looming, we answer the questions you’re probably asking.
Why will abolishing the Seanad mean deleting Article 27 from the Constitution?
Article 27 of the Constitution will be deleted if the referendum to abolish the Seanad is passed. But what is it and why is it being deleted?
How the rules have changed for broadcasters when it comes to referendum coverage
Broadcasters don’t have to automatically give the same amount of airtime to both sides – but they do have to make sure the allocation is fair and balanced.
Bruton: I haven't been asked to take part in RTÉ debate
Enda Kenny has said ‘no’ to an invitation to appear in the Prime Time programme, but Richard Bruton says he’s not in a position to confirm who might represent Fine Gael on Tuesday.
Majority favour Seanad abolition, but large number still undecided
64 per cent are in favour of doing away with the upper house, once ‘undecideds’ are excluded.
Declan Ganley: "Fewer politicians" is not an argument for getting rid of Seanad
“The constitution did not make it a retirement home for failed politicians and a creche for aspiring ones – the political class did.”
Richard Bruton: Scrap the political creche and convalescent home that is the Seanad
Fine Gael’s Director of Elections for the Seanad Referendum on why he believes “undemocratic institution” has no place in modern Ireland.
Column: What exactly does a senator do in a day?
Professor John Crown, independent senator, answers the question with a timeline of a typical day in the life for him.
Martin: I'm turning up for Seanad TV debate... but no one knows if the Taoiseach will
Micheál Martin has also said he has been invited by TV3 and Vincent Browne to debate Seanad abolition with the Taoiseach next week, in addition to the planned Prime Time debate on Tuesday.
'Breaking Bad? Oh that's great stuff': TDs talk TV at another Seanad photo-op
Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton and Eoghan Murphy discussed the hit television show as they held another Seanad referendum photo-op in Dublin today.
Over two dozen academics urge No vote in Seanad referendum
A total of 27 academics have put their name to a letter in the Irish Times today.
"Reform Alliance wants to undermine Taoiseach" - Brian Walsh
On hearing the news that his former Fine Gael party colleagues would vote against the abolition of the Seanad, Brian Walsh was less than complimentary.
The Reform Alliance is calling for a No vote in the Seanad referendum
Lucinda Creighton said it would be “irresponsible of us not to advocate a position on it” in an interview this morning.
Martin to Taoiseach: 'You're adopting tactics that would make Libertas or Youth Defence blush'
The Fianna Fáil leader has hit out at the Taoiseach over claims from Fine Gael that abolishing the Seanad will save €20 million.
'Fundamentally undemocratic': Ex-Labour TDs want Yes vote in Seanad referendum
Róisín Shortall, Patrick Nulty and Tommy Broughan want people to vote Yes in just over a week’s time.
Bruton: At critical moments Angela Merkel has been a very important ally
The Jobs Minister was speaking after the German chancellor’s election win yesterday.
Column: There's an art to public speaking – Enda should stick to these simple guidelines
Enda Kenny is under pressure to step up to the plate after Micheál Martin accepted an invitation to a head-to-head debate on the Seanad referendum. Our Taoiseach could use a crash course in communications and presentation training, writes Rory Egan.
"I'll debate anyone, anywhere" - Richard Bruton
With the Taoiseach not keen on a televised debate, could Richard Bruton step up?
'I don't want to embarrass you': 5 winners and 5 losers from the political week
You win some, you lose some…
Seanad's newest member wants it abolished, admits it's a 'gateway' to the Dáil
Hildegarde Naughton said she sees the upper house as a “gateway” and said she wants “to get a feel for the workings of the Dáil and Senate”.
Fianna Fáil: Letter published by The Referendum Commission 'discredits' Fine Gael's campaign
Fianna Fáil’s director of Elections Niall Collins TD says the Fine Gael campaign has been ‘exposed as untrue’.
FG: Scrapping the Seanad saves €20m. Oireachtas: Um, there's no way to know
The €20 million saving has been a central plank of Fine Gael’s pro-abolition campaign – but now the Oireachtas says there’s no way to know how much will be saved if the Seanad goes.
Martin accepts RTÉ invite to debate on Seanad abolition but Taoiseach not keen
Micheál Martin has accepted an invitation to a head-to-head debate between the party leaders on 1 October but will the Taoiseach?
How much will Seanad abolition save? Quinn doesn't know, but Hayes says it's €20m
The Labour and Fine Gael ministers had different views on how much would be saved by abolishing the upper house.