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#Seanad reform

# seanad-reform - Thursday 1 February, 2018

Taoiseach says electing people from Northern Ireland will give the Seanad an 'all-island dimension'

Varadkar made the comment as he announced that a new committee on Seanad reform is to be set up.

# seanad-reform - Sunday 15 January, 2017

Trivialities of the 'reformed' Seanad: 'Senators talking about All-Ireland tickets and seagulls'

Voters chose by a narrow margin in a referendum in 2013 to retain the Seanad. It’s unlikely they are happy with that decision, writes Senator Gerard P Craughwell.

# seanad-reform - Friday 27 May, 2016

Poll: Should the Seanad have been scrapped? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Seanad have been scrapped?

The Taoiseach’s nominees to the upper house will be announced today.

# seanad-reform - Sunday 1 May, 2016

What does it mean to be a republican in 2016? We asked this Sinn Féin senator 1916 Pride This post contains videos

What does it mean to be a republican in 2016? We asked this Sinn Féin senator

Fintan Warfield thinks ‘you don’t have to be a Shinner to be a republican’.

# seanad-reform - Wednesday 14 October, 2015

The government won't be doing any Seanad reform after all

Proposals to expand the electorate will not be implemented before the election.

# seanad-reform - Monday 20 April, 2015

Look at how incredibly complicated it is to elect Senators...

Our minds are blown. Our heads hurt.

# seanad-reform - Monday 13 April, 2015

Check out these VERY radical proposals to reform the Seanad

The Seanad Working Group on Reform has published a report calling for overhaul of the upper house.

# seanad-reform - Sunday 7 December, 2014

Over a year after the Seanad referendum, there will be reforms

A working group will report back to the government by March.

# seanad-reform - Friday 28 March, 2014

Minister nominated for 'brass neck of the year' as TDs row about Seanad reform

Fianna Fáil’s proposal to overhaul the upper house will be opposed by the government.

# seanad-reform - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Seanad reform, wind energy and Irish prisoners in the UK

Everything happening in Leinster House today.

# seanad-reform - Saturday 1 March, 2014

Here's why the government could lose more Seanad votes in the coming months

A wafer-thin majority and ‘the three amigos’ could all spell trouble for the coalition…

# seanad-reform - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Government beaten as senators vote to ban upward only rent reviews

There was applause in the chamber, but not from Fine Gael or Labour senators.

# seanad-reform - Friday 14 February, 2014

Plan to increase Seanad voters by 650,000 published

Minister Phil Hogan said that the expansion is overdue.

# seanad-reform - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

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.

# seanad-reform - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Fianna Fáil: Our Seanad bill is 'fundamental reform that people deserve'

The party has published a bill to reform the upper house within the constraints of the current Constitution.

# seanad-reform - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

Taoiseach rules out giving voting rights to all in Seanad elections

Enda Kenny has said the upper house can have greater powers of scrutiny but he does not intend to introduce universal suffrage for elections to the Seanad.

# seanad-reform - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

All third-level graduates to get vote as part of Seanad reforms agreed by Cabinet

The government has not as yet considered any further reforms to the Seanad.

Broad reform needed to make Seanad 'fit for modern Ireland', says Coveney

The Agriculture Minister welcomed reports that voting rights are to be extended to more graduates, but believes more ‘fundamental’ reform is needed.

# seanad-reform - Thursday 21 November, 2013

Five-day weekend: The Seanad sat for just two days this week... again

It’s the second time in six weeks that the Seanad has wrapped up its business for the week on a Wednesday.

# seanad-reform - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Enda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’

“Well, I come in peace, not in war,” Kenny told members in the upper house this afternoon.

# seanad-reform - Friday 11 October, 2013

'They'd do an excellent job': MEP says senators should scrutinise EU legislation

What to do with senators now they’re saved? Seán Kelly has an idea…

# seanad-reform - Thursday 10 October, 2013

Five-day weekend: The Seanad sat for just two days this week

The uncertainty over the future of the upper house meant that there wasn’t much business organised for this week.

# seanad-reform - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

Column: Enda Kenny should seize this moment to overturn political malaise

With the onset of the crisis five years ago, the malaise in our political system came to the surface; now, thanks in part to the Seand referendum, it is bubbling over, writes Colin Murphy.

# seanad-reform - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

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.

"No bloody hope will I work for nothing" - David Norris

On the first day back after the referendum result, David Norris has already hit out at the idea that senators should not be paid.

# seanad-reform - Monday 7 October, 2013

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…

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.

# seanad-reform - Sunday 6 October, 2013

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.

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.”

Another referendum may be needed as part of Seanad reform process --- Howlin

The Minister says certain changes could be brought about under the existing constitution, but that more sweeping reforms may need another vote.

# seanad-reform - Saturday 5 October, 2013

‘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.

# seanad-reform - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

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-reform - Tuesday 20 August, 2013

"Recall makes Seanad survival a reality" - O'Sullivan

The recall to debate transplant legislation shows the role that a reformed Seanad could have says a Fianna Fáil senator.

# seanad-reform - 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-reform - Saturday 3 August, 2013

Bruton: I have no problem debating anyone on the Seanad abolition Seanad This post contains videos

Bruton: I have no problem debating anyone on the Seanad abolition

In an interview with, Bruton called for politicians not to “reduce to name-calling” as the campaign ramps up.

# seanad-reform - Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Enda Kenny: 'Genuine Seanad reform would be almost impossible to achieve'

The Taoiseach told senators today that abolishing the upper house is the biggest package of reform since the passing of the Constitution in 1937.

# seanad-reform - Wednesday 19 June, 2013

Column: The party whip system is far too rigid – and it's offensive to democratic ideals

I have a lot of time for the Taoiseach, but his leadership has been autocratic and even authoritarian in a representative democracy and I find this unsettling, writes Larry Donnelly.

# seanad-reform - Friday 17 May, 2013

Column: Seanad reform suggestions are practical but limit real bicameral change

While there are practical arguments for a bill that requires no constitutional change, it limits any reform across the whole legislative body, writes Eoin O’Malley.

# seanad-reform - Sunday 12 May, 2013

Members launch plan to reform Seanad and prevent abolition

Feargal Quinn and Katherine Zappone will call a vote this Wednesday on plans to overhaul how the chamber is elected.

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