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# seanad - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

'I'm surprised that the leader of our country had the neck to walk in Darkness Into Light'
# Mental Health
# Mental Health

'I'm surprised that the leader of our country had the neck to walk in Darkness Into Light'

May 9th 2017, 10:04 PM 38,697 Views 68 Comments

Senator Joan Freeman originally praised the Taoiseach for his involvement, but took a different view today in the Seanad.

# seanad - Sunday 30 April, 2017

'Darkness Into Light allows us to talk about the wound left by suicide'
# Pieta House
# Pieta House

'Darkness Into Light allows us to talk about the wound left by suicide'

Apr 30th 2017, 8:05 AM 10,971 Views 6 Comments

Senator Joan Freeman talks to us about mental health services and being ‘a pain in the government’s neck’.

# seanad - Sunday 9 April, 2017

'I couldn't believe they over-medicated my father to shut him up because he was singing'
# Safeguarding
# Safeguarding

'I couldn't believe they over-medicated my father to shut him up because he was singing'

Apr 9th 2017, 10:00 PM 37,048 Views 54 Comments

During a debate on proposed new laws to protect the vulnerable, Senator Lynn Ruane opened up about her own experience.

# seanad - Sunday 2 April, 2017

'People are getting exploited': New law aims to ensure waiting staff get their tips
# They've Earned It
# They've Earned It

'People are getting exploited': New law aims to ensure waiting staff get their tips

Apr 2nd 2017, 10:00 AM 37,310 Views 62 Comments

Put forward by Sinn Féin senators, the law aims to ensure “transparency” over where your tip is going.

# seanad - Wednesday 29 March, 2017

Fianna Fáil accused of u-turn ahead of debate on lowering voting age to 16
# Talkin' 'bout My Generation
# Talkin' 'bout My Generation

Fianna Fáil accused of u-turn ahead of debate on lowering voting age to 16

Mar 29th 2017, 12:35 PM 11,347 Views 49 Comments

Proposed legislation would reduce the voting age for local and European Parliament elections.

Poll: Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

Mar 29th 2017, 9:13 AM 23,260 Views 91 Comments

The proposal will be debated in the Seanad today.

# seanad - Monday 20 February, 2017

Galway City Council investigating allegations staff were gifted social housing
# Galway
# Galway

Galway City Council investigating allegations staff were gifted social housing

Feb 20th 2017, 3:40 PM 32,581 Views 84 Comments

Sinn Féin senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh says he has received documentation showing abuse of the council housing system by officials.

# seanad - Monday 30 January, 2017

A Fine Gael politician has not fully repaid the large allowance he was given after losing his Dáil seat
# Pay Back
# Pay Back

A Fine Gael politician has not fully repaid the large allowance he was given after losing his Dáil seat

Jan 30th 2017, 6:20 AM 26,448 Views 55 Comments

Senator Ray Butler received the payment after he lost his Dáil seat in Meath.

# seanad - Sunday 15 January, 2017

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

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

Jan 15th 2017, 12:00 PM 304 Views 44 Comments

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 - Wednesday 14 December, 2016

New laws could curb disputes over wills in Ireland
# Compulsory
# Compulsory

New laws could curb disputes over wills in Ireland

Dec 14th 2016, 10:45 AM 18,117 Views 51 Comments

The Registration of Wills Bill 2016 will introduce compulsory registration of wills in the country.

# seanad - Monday 5 December, 2016

'My thinking on social issues is really beginning to evolve': Lynn Ruane on her first full term in the Seanad
# Senator's Life
# Senator's Life

'My thinking on social issues is really beginning to evolve': Lynn Ruane on her first full term in the Seanad

Dec 5th 2016, 6:10 AM 10,177 Views 24 Comments

Independent Lynn Ruane has been an active campaigner on social issues since her election to the Seanad.

# seanad - Tuesday 29 November, 2016

Nicola Sturgeon urges Ireland and Scotland to 'send a powerful signal' around the world
# Seanad Address
# Seanad Address

Nicola Sturgeon urges Ireland and Scotland to 'send a powerful signal' around the world

Nov 29th 2016, 12:15 PM 21,245 Views 45 Comments

Scotland’s First Minister is on a two-day visit to Dublin, but is not meeting Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

# seanad - Sunday 13 November, 2016

Environmentalists cut "deep wounds" in government's bill on hedge-cutting extension
# Heritage Bill
# Heritage Bill

Environmentalists cut "deep wounds" in government's bill on hedge-cutting extension

Nov 13th 2016, 7:30 AM 17,915 Views 45 Comments

The Irish Wildlife Trust has said that Minister Heather Humphreys ‘isn’t taking the protection of our natural heritage seriously’.

# seanad - Friday 11 November, 2016

Seanad to temporarily relocate to National Museum despite objections
# Renovations
# Renovations

Seanad to temporarily relocate to National Museum despite objections

Nov 11th 2016, 9:29 AM 7,427 Views 30 Comments

The move, which is expected to cost around €1.5 million, is to accommodate renovations at Leinster House.

# seanad - Wednesday 2 November, 2016

The National Museum has 'no spare space for vagrant Senators' (according to An Taisce)
# Vagrant Senators
# Vagrant Senators

The National Museum has 'no spare space for vagrant Senators' (according to An Taisce)

Nov 2nd 2016, 11:34 AM 10,737 Views 27 Comments

A statement from the national trust said the museum “has no spare space for the convenience of vagrant senators”.

# seanad - Thursday 20 October, 2016

Phil Hogan says the UK is 'going to learn a hard lesson' over Brexit
# Full-blown Crisis
# Full-blown Crisis

Phil Hogan says the UK is 'going to learn a hard lesson' over Brexit

Oct 20th 2016, 12:48 PM 24,178 Views 117 Comments

The Agriculture Commissioner said the UK can’t “have its cake and eat it” and dismissed Brexiteers’ “posturing and fancy talk”.

# seanad - Tuesday 18 October, 2016

Staff 'weeping' over plans to temporarily rehouse Seanad in wing of National Museum
# Relocation Relocation
# Relocation Relocation

Staff 'weeping' over plans to temporarily rehouse Seanad in wing of National Museum

Oct 18th 2016, 10:07 AM 18,917 Views 49 Comments

Refurbishment of the Seanad is expected to take two years.

# seanad - Wednesday 12 October, 2016

Not happy - Fine Gael senators have been giving out about All Ireland tickets... again
# Let It Go
# Let It Go

Not happy - Fine Gael senators have been giving out about All Ireland tickets... again

Oct 12th 2016, 11:08 PM 18,205 Views 55 Comments

The Seanad was today discussing a bill concerning its own reform, and ended up covering some well-trodden ground.

# seanad - Wednesday 22 June, 2016

So they've been talking about seagulls in the Seanad again
# Ready To Swoop
# Ready To Swoop

So they've been talking about seagulls in the Seanad again

Jun 22nd 2016, 6:13 PM 10,306 Views 45 Comments

They’re tearing refuse bags to pieces and don’t seem to understand bedtime, a FG senator complained.

# seanad - Wednesday 1 June, 2016

Pieta House founder will donate €65k senator salary to the charity
# Suicide Prevention
# Suicide Prevention

Pieta House founder will donate €65k senator salary to the charity

Jun 1st 2016, 12:14 PM 21,121 Views 42 Comments

Joan Freeman was named as one of the Taoiseach’s nominees to the Seanad last week.

# seanad - Saturday 28 May, 2016

Leinster House is crumbling, here's why they want to close it for the summer
# Spruce Up
# Spruce Up

Leinster House is crumbling, here's why they want to close it for the summer

May 28th 2016, 10:00 PM 28,340 Views 66 Comments

Leinster House is to undergo its most significant restoration work to date.

James Reilly "honoured" to join Seanad he once called "very undemocratic" and with "no power"
# Change Of Heart
# Change Of Heart

James Reilly "honoured" to join Seanad he once called "very undemocratic" and with "no power"

May 28th 2016, 2:34 PM 38,438 Views 145 Comments

In a 2013 statement calling for the Seanad to be abolished, Reilly labelled it “very undemocratic” and said it had “no power.”

# seanad - Friday 27 May, 2016

Here's who the Taoiseach has chosen to fill the remaining Seanad seats
# The Chosen Ones
# The Chosen Ones

Here's who the Taoiseach has chosen to fill the remaining Seanad seats

May 27th 2016, 5:17 PM 32,904 Views 146 Comments

The Taoiseach picked some Fine Gael TDs who lost their seats in February’s general election.

Poll: Should the Seanad have been scrapped?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should the Seanad have been scrapped?

May 27th 2016, 9:24 AM 24,142 Views 97 Comments

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

# seanad - Friday 20 May, 2016

"The Taoiseach is moving far too slowly" - Labour senator hits out at Enda for delay in Seanad nominations
# Slow And Steady
# Slow And Steady

"The Taoiseach is moving far too slowly" - Labour senator hits out at Enda for delay in Seanad nominations

May 20th 2016, 11:02 PM 12,072 Views 31 Comments

Kevin Humphreys said that the Seanad appointments and ministerial appointments would amount to “jobs for the boys”.

# seanad - Monday 9 May, 2016

Fianna Fáil senator says he filed expense claims "as honestly as he could"
# Donegal County Council
# Donegal County Council

Fianna Fáil senator says he filed expense claims "as honestly as he could"

May 9th 2016, 11:35 AM 24,819 Views 0 Comments

Brian Ó Domhnaill claimed expenses for attending events in different locations on the same days.

# seanad - Sunday 1 May, 2016

What does it mean to be a republican in 2016? We asked this Sinn Féin senator
# 1916 Pride
# 1916 Pride

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

May 1st 2016, 7:30 AM 11,677 Views 112 Comments

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

# seanad - Friday 29 April, 2016

Lynn Ruane: 'I never had a desire to move into politics'
# Seanad Newcomer
# Seanad Newcomer

Lynn Ruane: 'I never had a desire to move into politics'

Apr 29th 2016, 7:39 PM 26,854 Views 64 Comments

Ruane says she hopes to champion the causes that are close to her heart.

# seanad - Thursday 28 April, 2016

'Young trans people don't turn trans when they're 18, they deserve so much better'
# Gender Recognition
# Gender Recognition

'Young trans people don't turn trans when they're 18, they deserve so much better'

Apr 28th 2016, 8:00 PM 16,553 Views 142 Comments

Newly-elected Sinn Féin senator Fintan Warfield thinks a lot still needs to be done to help young trans people living in Ireland.

# seanad - Wednesday 27 April, 2016

Averil Power loses out to Lynn Ruane in battle for Seanad seat
# Upper House
# Upper House

Averil Power loses out to Lynn Ruane in battle for Seanad seat

Apr 27th 2016, 8:55 PM 71,909 Views 111 Comments

There’ll be plenty of familiar faces in the upper house.

# seanad - Tuesday 26 April, 2016

Is today's Seanad election a pointless exercise in futility?
# Deadlock
# Deadlock

Is today's Seanad election a pointless exercise in futility?

Apr 26th 2016, 4:56 PM 15,134 Views 55 Comments

If we don’t get a government deal, then yes, probably.

# seanad - Monday 25 April, 2016

This musician and LGBT activist is the first senator elected to the new Seanad
# Counting Votes
# Counting Votes

This musician and LGBT activist is the first senator elected to the new Seanad

Apr 25th 2016, 7:27 PM 26,941 Views 37 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Warfield became the mayor of South Dublin after being elected to the council in 2014.

# seanad - Thursday 21 April, 2016

Seanad Debate FactCheck: Did David Norris really once get 1,000,000 retweets?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Seanad Debate FactCheck: Did David Norris really once get 1,000,000 retweets?

Apr 21st 2016, 7:38 PM 21,669 Views 22 Comments

TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck was paying close attention to TV3′s Seanad debate last night. Here’s who told the truth, and who lied.

# seanad - Monday 28 March, 2016

Everything you need to know about one of the most exclusive elections in Ireland
# The Other House
# The Other House

Everything you need to know about one of the most exclusive elections in Ireland

Mar 28th 2016, 9:30 PM 39,190 Views 47 Comments

The Seanad election is underway. But how does it all work and how many people actually get a vote?

# seanad - Tuesday 22 March, 2016

'I’m not going to lie to people, I’d much rather be in the Dáil'
# Next Best Thing
# Next Best Thing

'I’m not going to lie to people, I’d much rather be in the Dáil'

Mar 22nd 2016, 6:06 AM 21,497 Views 79 Comments

Last month Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said he wasn’t going to “kick around the Seanad’ if he lost his Dáil seat. Now he’s changed his mind.

# seanad - Friday 18 March, 2016

Three Labour ministers who lost their Dáil seats are going for the Seanad
# Next Best Thing
# Next Best Thing

Three Labour ministers who lost their Dáil seats are going for the Seanad

Mar 18th 2016, 6:08 PM 24,436 Views 95 Comments

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Kevin Humphreys and Ged Nash are all seeking a Leinster House comeback.

# seanad - Friday 11 March, 2016

Senator arrested after walking into Temple Bar crime scene
# James Heffernan
# James Heffernan

Senator arrested after walking into Temple Bar crime scene

Mar 11th 2016, 9:40 AM 59,255 Views 70 Comments

James Heffernan was released an hour and a half later.

# seanad - Thursday 3 March, 2016

Here's who's running for the Seanad's university panels
# Line-up
# Line-up

Here's who's running for the Seanad's university panels

Mar 3rd 2016, 3:36 PM 27,043 Views 67 Comments

The postal ballot will begin from 21 March.

# seanad - Wednesday 2 March, 2016

Dragon's Den star Peter Casey wants to give rural Ireland a boost if he gets into the Seanad
# Breathing Fire
# Breathing Fire

Dragon's Den star Peter Casey wants to give rural Ireland a boost if he gets into the Seanad

Mar 2nd 2016, 12:07 PM 12,156 Views 20 Comments

He announced today that he will run in the elections for the upper house of the Oireachtas.

# seanad - Thursday 11 February, 2016

'Home to what?': Emigrants want a say in who runs the show while they're living abroad
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Home to what?': Emigrants want a say in who runs the show while they're living abroad

Feb 11th 2016, 5:00 PM 206 Views 194 Comments

Barry Johnston says emigrants are exercised about having no say in the kind of country they would one day like to return to.