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# Seanad

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# Coronavirus
'Many people will now get paid': Emergency Covid-19 legislation signed into law by President Higgins
The Bill will now be signed into law by President Michael D Higgins.
# Coronavirus
Seanad and Leas Ceann Comhairle election cause headache for government
More emergency legislation is expected to be needed next week.
# Coronavirus
Emergency Covid-19 legislation signed into law by President Higgins after passing in the Seanad
The bill provides a range of emergency measures to help deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.
# Election
'Some validity' in criticism of Fine Gael Seanad candidates, says Varadkar
The party has 11 female candidates running for election in the Seanad.
# seanad 2020
Former MEP Lynn Boylan among seven candidates on Sinn Féin ticket for Seanad elections
Boylan is joined by a councillor, a former mayor of Derry and four sitting senators running for Sinn Féin.
# the other election
FG’s Catherine Noone gets the nod, but Kate O’Connell loses out on Seanad nomination
The Seanad election takes place on 30 March.
# Your Say
Poll: Should voting in the Seanad election be extended?
Many people view the upper house as elitist and in need of being reformed or scrapped altogether.
# another election
Your Seanad election guide: How you can (or why you can't) vote for the next batch of senators
Here’s what you need to know.
# ge2020
Ruth Coppinger to contest Seanad election after losing Dáil seat
A number of former TDs are expected to launch Seanad bids.
# Seanad
Any tariff increases would 'decimate' Ireland's food and drink imports to the UK - Brexit committee report
Dublin Port expects the number of freight units from outside the EU to rise from 200,000 to 1 million after Brexit.
# jobs for judges
Filibustering of Judicial Appointments Bill 'led by lawyers' says Ross
The Bill passed in the Seanad by a slim margin of 25 votes to 23.
# moving house
Senators to move back to their old digs as Ceramics Room to be returned to the National Museum
The refurbishment of Leinster House is set to cost in the region of €17 million.
# Seanad
'We live in a strange world': Michael McDowell criticises Fine Gael TD over injury lawsuit
McDowell referenced the case before the Circuit Civil Court in the Seanad yesterday.
# residential tenancies bill
Bill to regulate rent pressure zone properties passes through Seanad
The Residential Tenancies Bill will now go to President Michael D Higgins to be signed into law.
# Costs
Minister commits to taking action on free sanitary products in public buildings
The Seanad heard that in many public buildings, such as Leinster House, tampons and sanitary pads cost €2 each.
# trouble ahead
Independent Alliance to seek a free vote for Israeli goods trade ban Bill
The proposed legislation is due before the Dáil in the new year.
# Eighth Amendment
'A genuinely historic moment': Abortion legislation passes through the Seanad
The legislation will now be signed into law by President Michael D Higgins.
# january deadline
Abortion legislation has passed the Dáil and it's now on to the Seanad, so what next?
The Seanad will now sit on Monday in order to get the legislation over the line by the Christmas deadline.
# edging closer
Abortion: These were the amendments passed by TDs this week
It is likely the landmark bill to regulate abortion services in Ireland will pass in the Dáil at the earliest next week.
# trade restrictions
Seanad passes Occupied Territories Bill despite government opposition
Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.
# Middle East
New legal advice finds Occupied Territories Bill is 'fully compliant with EU trade rules'
Despite government opposition, the Bill has cross-party support from Labour, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil as well as independent senators.
# spin units
Seanad briefly suspended over 'misogyny' row
Fianna Fáil’s Lorraine Clifford-Lee clashed with Fine Gael’s Jerry Buttimer.
# minimum pricing
Alcohol Bill, first published in 2015, finally passes through Oireachtas
The legislation provides for changes such as minimum pricing and restrictions on advertising.
# Constitution
Blasphemy Bill passes through Oireachtas ahead of referendum next month
Charlie Flanagan said the reference to blasphemy in the Constitution incorrectly identifies Ireland “as a country that does not value freedom of expression”.
# Cabinet split
Trouble ahead? Independent minister undecided on Israeli goods trade ban bill
A division has emerged around the Cabinet table between Fine Gael members and independent ministers.
# occupied territories bill
Fianna Fáil to support trade ban with lands held by Israel, but embassy calls it 'immoral'
The Embassy of Israel said the boycott will not facilitate Ireland’s role or influence in the Middle East.
# Palestine
'I've never been a boycott fan': Micheál Martin unlikely to support Eurovision boycott
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.
# lgbtq rights
'A deceptive practice': Bill to ban LGBTQ conversion therapies passes second stage of Seanad
The Prohibition of Conversion Therapies Bill 2018 has passed through its second stage in the Seanad and has further stages to go through.
# Oireachtas
'Elitist', 'not sure it's worth saving': Slow progress of Seanad reform criticised
It’s been five years since Ireland voted to keep the Seanad in a referendum, but not much has changed since.
# vote at 16
'Young people should stay away from politics': Senator criticised for comments as voting age bill blocked
Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield reintroduced the bill to the committee stage of the Seanad yesterday.
# Abortion
TDs approve Eighth Amendment referendum Bill
Health Minister Simon Harris said Ireland’s abortion law must change to help women who are currently “isolated and neglected”.
# Snow Day
Dáil suspended for the rest of the week due to the 'the Beast from the East'
The business committee has decided to suspend the Dáil at 2pm today.
# Vacancy
Vacant Seanad seat should be filled by someone with a unionist background, says senator
Leo Varadkar previously said he would like to see people from both nationalist and unionist communities take seats.
# Palestine
Varadkar: 'The Israeli government has a tendency to disengage with countries that recognise the state of Palestine'
The Taoiseach said Ireland plans to intensify and increase aid work in the Palestinian territories.
# Seanad reform
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.
# proposed bill
Irish ambassador to Israel summoned by Netanyahu over Seanad bill
The bill seeks to prohibit trade in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
# Seanad
Bill aims to give hospitality workers the right to keep their tips
Research carried out in Galway found that 34% of workers regularly had their employers withhold their tips.
# 2018 referendum
Taoiseach says ministers will be allowed 'dissent' on Eighth Amendment
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar added that his own personal views wouldn’t decide what stance the Cabinet takes.
# 2023 world cup
'Couldn't negotiate a piss up in a brewery': Row erupts in Seanad over Ireland's failed Rugby bid
Senators Terry Leyden and Neale Richmond had a war of words over the failed Rugby World Cup bid.
Opinion: 'Our indifference to our flag and anthem is actually healthy'
Placing legislative restrictions on how our anthem is used would be an unnecessary limitation on our freedom of expression, writes Caoimhín De Barra.