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# seanad - Monday 17 February, 2020

Poll: Should voting in the Seanad election be extended?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should voting in the Seanad election be extended?

Feb 17th 2020, 9:18 AM 19,370 Views 61 Comments

Many people view the upper house as elitist and in need of being reformed or scrapped altogether.

# seanad - Sunday 16 February, 2020

Your Seanad election guide: How you can (or why you can't) vote for the next batch of senators
# Another Election
# Another Election

Your Seanad election guide: How you can (or why you can't) vote for the next batch of senators

Feb 16th 2020, 11:00 AM 33,842 Views 27 Comments

Here’s what you need to know.

# seanad - Friday 14 February, 2020

Ruth Coppinger to contest Seanad election after losing Dáil seat
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

Ruth Coppinger to contest Seanad election after losing Dáil seat

Feb 14th 2020, 9:01 AM 40,431 Views 97 Comments

A number of former TDs are expected to launch Seanad bids.

# seanad - Tuesday 17 December, 2019

Any tariff increases would 'decimate' Ireland's food and drink imports to the UK - Brexit committee report
# Seanad
# Seanad

Any tariff increases would 'decimate' Ireland's food and drink imports to the UK - Brexit committee report

Dec 17th 2019, 11:06 AM 10,835 Views 21 Comments

Dublin Port expects the number of freight units from outside the EU to rise from 200,000 to 1 million after Brexit.

# seanad - Thursday 12 December, 2019

Filibustering of Judicial Appointments Bill 'led by lawyers' says Ross
# Jobs For Judges
# Jobs For Judges

Filibustering of Judicial Appointments Bill 'led by lawyers' says Ross

Dec 12th 2019, 12:34 PM 8,142 Views 8 Comments

The Bill passed in the Seanad by a slim margin of 25 votes to 23.

# seanad - Monday 19 August, 2019

Senators to move back to their old digs as Ceramics Room to be returned to the National Museum
# Moving House
# Moving House

Senators to move back to their old digs as Ceramics Room to be returned to the National Museum

Aug 19th 2019, 6:15 AM 12,075 Views 12 Comments

The refurbishment of Leinster House is set to cost in the region of €17 million.

# seanad - Wednesday 22 May, 2019

'We live in a strange world': Michael McDowell criticises Fine Gael TD over injury lawsuit
# Seanad
# Seanad

'We live in a strange world': Michael McDowell criticises Fine Gael TD over injury lawsuit

May 22nd 2019, 7:54 AM 33,731 Views 0 Comments

McDowell referenced the case before the Circuit Civil Court in the Seanad yesterday.

# seanad - Tuesday 21 May, 2019

Bill to regulate rent pressure zone properties passes through Seanad
# Residential Tenancies Bill
# Residential Tenancies Bill

Bill to regulate rent pressure zone properties passes through Seanad

May 21st 2019, 9:34 PM 18,745 Views 46 Comments

The Residential Tenancies Bill will now go to President Michael D Higgins to be signed into law.

# seanad - Wednesday 27 March, 2019

Minister commits to taking action on free sanitary products in public buildings
# Costs
# Costs

Minister commits to taking action on free sanitary products in public buildings

Mar 27th 2019, 4:10 PM 15,032 Views 37 Comments

The Seanad heard that in many public buildings, such as Leinster House, tampons and sanitary pads cost €2 each.

# seanad - Sunday 16 December, 2018

Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill
# Trouble Ahead
# Trouble Ahead

Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill

Dec 16th 2018, 6:30 AM 7,461 Views 30 Comments

The proposed legislation is due before the Dáil in the new year.

# seanad - Thursday 13 December, 2018

'A genuinely historic moment': Abortion legislation passes through the Seanad
# Eighth Amendment
# Eighth Amendment

'A genuinely historic moment': Abortion legislation passes through the Seanad

Dec 13th 2018, 8:00 PM 20,537 Views 193 Comments

The legislation will now be signed into law by President Michael D Higgins.

# seanad - Thursday 6 December, 2018

Abortion legislation has passed the Dáil and it's now on to the Seanad, so what next?
# January Deadline
# January Deadline

Abortion legislation has passed the Dáil and it's now on to the Seanad, so what next?

Dec 6th 2018, 6:00 PM 7,125 Views 68 Comments

The Seanad will now sit on Monday in order to get the legislation over the line by the Christmas deadline.

# seanad - Saturday 1 December, 2018

Abortion: These were the amendments passed by TDs this week
# Edging Closer
# Edging Closer

Abortion: These were the amendments passed by TDs this week

Dec 1st 2018, 11:00 AM 20,270 Views 110 Comments

It is likely the landmark bill to regulate abortion services in Ireland will pass in the Dáil at the earliest next week.

# seanad - Wednesday 28 November, 2018

Seanad passes Occupied Territories Bill despite government opposition
# Trade Restrictions
# Trade Restrictions

Seanad passes Occupied Territories Bill despite government opposition

Nov 28th 2018, 7:38 PM 23,300 Views 75 Comments

Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.

# seanad - Friday 23 November, 2018

New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is 'fully compliant with EU trade rules'
# Middle East
# Middle East

New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is 'fully compliant with EU trade rules'

Nov 23rd 2018, 12:05 AM 28,638 Views 50 Comments

Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.

# seanad - Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Seanad briefly suspended over 'misogyny' row
# Spin Units
# Spin Units

Seanad briefly suspended over 'misogyny' row

Nov 21st 2018, 8:05 PM 24,486 Views 29 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s Lorraine Clifford-Lee clashed with Fine Gael’s Jerry Buttimer.

# seanad - Wednesday 10 October, 2018

Alcohol Bill, first published in 2015, finally passes through Oireachtas
# Minimum Pricing
# Minimum Pricing

Alcohol Bill, first published in 2015, finally passes through Oireachtas

Oct 10th 2018, 9:27 PM 15,170 Views 41 Comments

The legislation provides for changes such as minimum pricing and restrictions on advertising.

# seanad - Thursday 20 September, 2018

Blasphemy Bill passes through Oireachtas ahead of referendum next month
# Constitution
# Constitution

Blasphemy Bill passes through Oireachtas ahead of referendum next month

Sep 20th 2018, 9:39 PM 15,656 Views 50 Comments

Charlie Flanagan said the reference to blasphemy in the Constitution incorrectly identifies Ireland “as a country that does not value freedom of expression”.

# seanad - Friday 27 July, 2018

Trouble ahead? Independent minister undecided on Israeli goods trade ban bill
# Cabinet Split
# Cabinet Split

Trouble ahead? Independent minister undecided on Israeli goods trade ban bill

Jul 27th 2018, 6:10 AM 19,545 Views 102 Comments

A division has emerged around the Cabinet table between Fine Gael members and independent ministers.

# seanad - Tuesday 3 July, 2018

Fianna Fáil to support trade ban with lands held by Israel, but embassy calls it 'immoral'
# Occupied Territories Bill
# Occupied Territories Bill

Fianna Fáil to support trade ban with lands held by Israel, but embassy calls it 'immoral'

Jul 3rd 2018, 7:52 PM 17,999 Views 188 Comments

The Embassy of Israel said the boycott will not facilitate Ireland’s role or influence in the Middle East.

# seanad - Sunday 1 July, 2018

'I've never been a boycott fan': Micheál Martin unlikely to support Eurovision boycott
# Palestine
# Palestine

'I've never been a boycott fan': Micheál Martin unlikely to support Eurovision boycott

Jul 1st 2018, 7:45 AM 11,179 Views 90 Comments

Martin said his party is considering a Bill tabled in the Seanad that aims to prohibit Ireland from trading with any companies originating in an occupied territory.

# seanad - Wednesday 2 May, 2018

'A deceptive practice': Bill to ban LGBTQ conversion therapies passes second stage of Seanad
# Lgbtq Rights
# Lgbtq Rights

'A deceptive practice': Bill to ban LGBTQ conversion therapies passes second stage of Seanad

May 2nd 2018, 10:10 PM 24,691 Views 105 Comments

The Prohibition of Conversion Therapies Bill 2018 has passed through its second stage in the Seanad and has further stages to go through.

# seanad - Sunday 15 April, 2018

'Elitist', 'not sure it's worth saving': Slow progress of Seanad reform criticised
# Oireachtas
# Oireachtas

'Elitist', 'not sure it's worth saving': Slow progress of Seanad reform criticised

Apr 15th 2018, 1:32 PM 9,886 Views 74 Comments

It’s been five years since Ireland voted to keep the Seanad in a referendum, but not much has changed since.

# seanad - Thursday 22 March, 2018

'Young people should stay away from politics': Senator criticised for comments as voting age bill blocked
# Vote At 16
# Vote At 16

'Young people should stay away from politics': Senator criticised for comments as voting age bill blocked

Mar 22nd 2018, 9:26 AM 24,385 Views 137 Comments

Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield reintroduced the bill to the committee stage of the Seanad yesterday.

# seanad - Wednesday 21 March, 2018

TDs approve Eighth Amendment referendum Bill
# Abortion
# Abortion

TDs approve Eighth Amendment referendum Bill

Mar 21st 2018, 9:30 PM 31,045 Views 196 Comments

Health Minister Simon Harris said Ireland’s abortion law must change to help women who are currently “isolated and neglected”.

# seanad - Wednesday 28 February, 2018

Dáil suspended for the rest of the week due to the 'the Beast from the East'
# Snow Day
# Snow Day

Dáil suspended for the rest of the week due to the 'the Beast from the East'

Feb 28th 2018, 1:51 PM 9,358 Views 46 Comments

The business committee has decided to suspend the Dáil at 2pm today.

# seanad - Wednesday 14 February, 2018

Vacant Seanad seat should be filled by someone with a unionist background, says senator
# Vacancy
# Vacancy

Vacant Seanad seat should be filled by someone with a unionist background, says senator

Feb 14th 2018, 3:57 PM 16,808 Views 112 Comments

Leo Varadkar previously said he would like to see people from both nationalist and unionist communities take seats.

# seanad - Saturday 10 February, 2018

Varadkar: 'The Israeli government has a tendency to disengage with countries that recognise the state of Palestine'
# Palestine
# Palestine

Varadkar: 'The Israeli government has a tendency to disengage with countries that recognise the state of Palestine'

Feb 10th 2018, 11:36 AM 28,390 Views 110 Comments

The Taoiseach said Ireland plans to intensify and increase aid work in the Palestinian territories.

# seanad - Thursday 1 February, 2018

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

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

Feb 1st 2018, 3:44 PM 18,815 Views 90 Comments

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

# seanad - Wednesday 31 January, 2018

Irish ambassador to Israel summoned by Netanyahu over Seanad bill
# Proposed Bill
# Proposed Bill

Irish ambassador to Israel summoned by Netanyahu over Seanad bill

Jan 31st 2018, 8:23 AM 22,093 Views 125 Comments

The bill seeks to prohibit trade in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

# seanad - Monday 22 January, 2018

Bill aims to give hospitality workers the right to keep their tips
# Seanad
# Seanad

Bill aims to give hospitality workers the right to keep their tips

Jan 22nd 2018, 8:30 PM 28,167 Views 32 Comments

Research carried out in Galway found that 34% of workers regularly had their employers withhold their tips.

# seanad - Monday 18 December, 2017

Taoiseach says ministers will be allowed 'dissent' on Eighth Amendment
# 2018 Referendum
# 2018 Referendum

Taoiseach says ministers will be allowed 'dissent' on Eighth Amendment

Dec 18th 2017, 8:55 PM 15,249 Views 152 Comments

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar added that his own personal views wouldn’t decide what stance the Cabinet takes.

# seanad - Thursday 16 November, 2017

'Couldn't negotiate a piss up in a brewery': Row erupts in Seanad over Ireland's failed Rugby bid
# 2023 World Cup
# 2023 World Cup

'Couldn't negotiate a piss up in a brewery': Row erupts in Seanad over Ireland's failed Rugby bid

Nov 16th 2017, 2:52 PM 42,352 Views 78 Comments

Senators Terry Leyden and Neale Richmond had a war of words over the failed Rugby World Cup bid.

# seanad - Monday 23 October, 2017

Opinion: 'Our indifference to our flag and anthem is actually healthy'
# Read Me
# Read Me

Opinion: 'Our indifference to our flag and anthem is actually healthy'

Oct 23rd 2017, 6:30 AM 12,323 Views 82 Comments

Placing legislative restrictions on how our anthem is used would be an unnecessary limitation on our freedom of expression, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

# seanad - Friday 6 October, 2017

How should we protect our national anthem? The Seanad wants your input
# Amhrán Na BhFiann
# Amhrán Na BhFiann

How should we protect our national anthem? The Seanad wants your input

Oct 6th 2017, 6:11 PM 22,643 Views 83 Comments

What would be classed as misuse of the anthem, and how should potential misuses be punished?

# seanad - Tuesday 26 September, 2017

Senators are back today, and they have some new digs
# New Home
# New Home

Senators are back today, and they have some new digs

Sep 26th 2017, 6:05 AM 9,530 Views 7 Comments

The old Seanad chamber is closed for essential renovation works.

# seanad - Wednesday 19 July, 2017

Last call for Good Friday drinking ban as bill passes in the Seanad
# Church And State
# Church And State

Last call for Good Friday drinking ban as bill passes in the Seanad

Jul 19th 2017, 9:16 PM 25,512 Views 119 Comments

The Senator who proposed the bill said its passing marks “another progressive step in Ireland’s long journey of separation between Church and State.”

Law change will make it easier for refugee families to reunite in Ireland
# Protection
# Protection

Law change will make it easier for refugee families to reunite in Ireland

Jul 19th 2017, 7:00 AM 12,779 Views 79 Comments

A new Bill will amend the International Protection Act 2015, which covers the reunification of refugee families.

# seanad - Wednesday 28 June, 2017

Norris lets rip on vulture funds: 'Why were they allowed into this country?'
# Evictions
# Evictions

Norris lets rip on vulture funds: 'Why were they allowed into this country?'

Jun 28th 2017, 7:11 PM 41,031 Views 88 Comments

Speaking about his new Housing Co-op Bill, Norris said people appear to have forgotten that “eviction” is a dirty word in Ireland.

# seanad - Thursday 22 June, 2017

Former Fianna Fáil senator Des Hanafin has died
# Seanad
# Seanad

Former Fianna Fáil senator Des Hanafin has died

Jun 22nd 2017, 1:48 PM 12,666 Views 18 Comments

He was aged 86.