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#Seanad referendum

# seanad-referendum - Wednesday 2 October, 2013

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.

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Here's how Twitter reacted to last night's Prime Time Seanad referendum debate

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Round 2? Unclear if Martin will debate Bruton again on Vincent Browne tonight

Vincent is really looking forward to it either way…

# seanad-referendum - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

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.

AS IT HAPPENED: 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…

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.

# seanad-referendum - Monday 30 September, 2013

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?

# seanad-referendum - Sunday 29 September, 2013

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.

# seanad-referendum - Saturday 28 September, 2013

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.

# seanad-referendum - Friday 27 September, 2013

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.

# seanad-referendum - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

"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.

# seanad-referendum - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

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.

# seanad-referendum - Monday 23 September, 2013

'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?

# seanad-referendum - Sunday 22 September, 2013

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”.

# seanad-referendum - Saturday 21 September, 2013

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’.

# seanad-referendum - Friday 20 September, 2013

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?

# seanad-referendum - Thursday 19 September, 2013

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.