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#Seanad referendum

# seanad-referendum - Thursday 19 September, 2013

Rumble in Ranelagh: McDowell and Quinn clash over future of Seanad

Ruairí Quinn admitted Fine Gael’s claim of €20 million in savings if the Seanad is abolished is “inaccurate” as he took part in a referendum debate in south Dublin last night.

# seanad-referendum - Wednesday 18 September, 2013

"I don't want to embarrass you" - Taoiseach's excuse for not doing TV debate with Martin

Enda Kenny clashed with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the first Leaders’ Questions of the new Dáil term today.

Fine Gael TD: RA members should be able to participate in Dáil 'as fully as possible'

Eoghan Murphy and Regina Doherty have welcomed the surprise move to give rebel Fine Gael TDs speaking rights.

Column: Politicians love talking about change, but it's time to go beyond words and abolish the Seanad

Ireland has seen dramatic change over the last five years; how can we credibly ask all other areas of the public sector to undergo radical reform if we, the body politic, aren’t willing to do the same? asks Simon Harris TD.

# seanad-referendum - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Oireachtas: It's not possible to estimate how much abolishing Seanad would save

The Houses of the Oireachtas has said it is not possible to estimate the amount of net actual savings that would arise from Seanad abolition despite Fine Gael’s repeated claim that it would be €20 million per year.

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.

'They're now free spirits': Taoiseach on RA rebels, Seanad and his future

Enda Kenny gave a wide-ranging interview to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland this morning. Here’s what he said.

Martin: This government rammed through bills and it's an abuse of its position

The Fianna Fáil party leader said that if we abolish the Seanad, we will be concentrating more power in the hands of a small group.

Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil think-ins to conclude today

Lots more thinking to be done on day two…

# seanad-referendum - Monday 16 September, 2013

Poll shows only half of Labour and Sinn Féin voters support Seanad abolition

Data from the Red C poll published in the Sunday Business Post at the weekend shows that there is strong support among Fine Gael voters for abolition.

They're back: Here are 8 questions we're asking ahead of the new Dáil term

The Seanad is also back but will it be abolished? We look at that and seven other questions ahead of the return of TDs and Senators this week.

# seanad-referendum - Saturday 14 September, 2013

Labour support hits five-year low in opinion polls

As the Dáil resumes this week, Labour party members will be viewing the latest opinion polls with some nerves.

Watch: Gerry Adams talks the Seanad, Dáil reform and Budget 2014

The Sinn Féin president says that his party will “ferociously argue” against budget measures that would “heap the burden” on families and carers.

# seanad-referendum - Friday 13 September, 2013

The 1 per cent: Socialist Party say 99 per cent didn't vote in last Seanad election

The party says that wealthier people are far more likely to have a vote on the make-up of the house.

'I can't kiss you on the lips': Little talk of Seanad as Gerry Adams canvasses in Dublin

The Sinn Féin president was popular as he walked the streets this morning but people were more interested in getting their picture with him than discussing the upper house.

Here's how the Dáil will pass legislation if the Seanad is abolished

Committees would be radically overhauled and given the task of scrutinising legislation to an even greater degree under the government’s reform plans.

# seanad-referendum - Thursday 12 September, 2013

Government chief whip will look at allowing free votes after next election

Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe has hinted at possible changes to the strict party whip system as the coalition will today launch its plans for Dáil reform.

# seanad-referendum - Wednesday 11 September, 2013

Gilmore will not censure Labour members who campaign for a 'No'

The Tánaiste said that in a referendum people are asked a question as citizens and that the party would respect that.

Fine Gael councillor erects posters calling for No vote in Seanad referendum

Dublin City Councillor Professor Bill Tormey said there was never a vote in Fine Gael on abolishing the Seanad and is calling for a No vote next month.

# seanad-referendum - Tuesday 10 September, 2013

Fianna Fáil thinks Seanad abolition is 'transparently ridiculous', but Fine Gael disagrees

The two parties launched their Seanad referendum campaigns today.

Martin to Taoiseach: Let's have a TV debate, Enda: Let's do it at Leaders' Questions

The Fianna Fáil leader said he is willing to debate Kenny “on every outlet that will host us”.

# seanad-referendum - Monday 9 September, 2013

‘Do I get the brown envelope?’: Minister meets mixed reaction on Dublin canvass

Richard Bruton took a stroll in the Dublin sun earlier to meet potential voters in the Seanad referendum. He even bumped into a fellow Cabinet colleague…

Labour senators to join Mary O'Rourke in campaigning for Seanad to be saved

Two Labour senators will canvass with the former Fianna Fáil minister in the midlands this week.

# seanad-referendum - Saturday 7 September, 2013

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Poll: Do you want to abolish the Seanad?

There is now less than a month to go until the referendum which will ask Irish people whether they want to abolish or retain the upper house.

# seanad-referendum - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

What was on Minister Bruton's agenda today? Well, here are his notes

A portion of the Jobs Minister’s notes were caught on camera outside Leinster House today.

Sinn Féin: How could we as Republicans stand over the Seanad in its current form?

The party is calling for a Yes vote in the 4 October referendum as it launched its campaign today.

# seanad-referendum - Friday 30 August, 2013

"Recreating a second Dáil does the country no favours" - Regina Doherty

The chairman of the Democracy Matters campaign campaign was challenged to “name one significant thing the Seanad has done”, but argued that he is not defending the current system.

# seanad-referendum - Wednesday 28 August, 2013

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning! Here are nine things you want to know as you start your day.

TD uses Dáil questions to see how effective Seanad is, Ministers tell her to find out herself

The deputy director of Fine Gael’s Seanad abolition campaign, Regina Doherty, used the parliamentary questions to find out information about the Seanad, but ministers in her own party told her to find out herself.

# seanad-referendum - Sunday 25 August, 2013

Harris: €300,000 request for senators’ constituency offices is farcical

The Fine Gael TD said that it confirms that the majority of Senators would rather be in the Dáil.

# seanad-referendum - Tuesday 20 August, 2013

"We cannot debate everything" - Alex White

Alex White conceded that there are deficiencies in how Ireland approves EU directives, but said that there is no way that Ireland could debate everything.

# seanad-referendum - Monday 19 August, 2013

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Fine Gael: There’s no ‘secret report’ which convinced Taoiseach to abolish Seanad

The party has said the proposal to abolish the Seanad came from a New Politics document published in March 2010, six months after Enda Kenny first called for the chamber to be scrapped.

# seanad-referendum - Sunday 18 August, 2013

Support for Seanad abolition down in latest poll

The poll also showed that voters are dissatisfied with all party leaders, though Eamon Gilmore is the least popular.

# seanad-referendum - Wednesday 14 August, 2013

McDowell insists Ireland is not a failed State, says Seanad costs us each €1.60

The former Tánaiste Michael McDowell claims that that the Seanad costs each Irish citizen the price of a two litre bottle of milk every year.

# seanad-referendum - Friday 9 August, 2013

Support for Seanad abolition is down 3 per cent but still ahead in latest poll

Support for the plan to get rid of the Seanad is down, but is still 13 points ahead in the poll.

# seanad-referendum - Tuesday 6 August, 2013

Seanad to be recalled to debate transplant legislation

The Minister for Health James Reilly will be recalled from his holidays to face questions from the Seanad on transplant legislation after a Fianna Fáil senator acquired the necessary signatures to a petition calling for the Seanad to reconvene.

# seanad-referendum - Saturday 27 July, 2013

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Brian Hayes on why he told John Crown: 'You lick yourself every night'

The junior minister got into a heated argument with senator John Crown during a recent debate on the Seanad abolition.

# seanad-referendum - Friday 26 July, 2013

The 9 at 9: Friday

Good morning! Here are nine things you want to know as you start your day.

Sinn Féin is supporting the abolition of the 'elite and out of touch' Seanad

The party’s opposition will come as a surprise given it opposed the legislation which gave effect to a referendum on the abolition of the upper house.

# seanad-referendum - Thursday 25 July, 2013

Seanad abolition was proposed 80 years ago

The former Fianna Fáil leader Eamon De Valera proposed abolition as part of his party’s 1933 General Election Manifesto.