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# Seanad

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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.
Irish ambassador to Israel summoned by Netanyahu over Seanad bill
The bill seeks to prohibit trade in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
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.
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.
'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.
How should we protect our national anthem? The Seanad wants your input
What would be classed as misuse of the anthem, and how should potential misuses be punished?
Senators are back today, and they have some new digs
The old Seanad chamber is closed for essential renovation works.
Last call for Good Friday drinking ban as bill passes in the Seanad
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
A new Bill will amend the International Protection Act 2015, which covers the reunification of refugee families.
Norris lets rip on vulture funds: 'Why were they allowed into this country?'
Speaking about his new Housing Co-op Bill, Norris said people appear to have forgotten that “eviction” is a dirty word in Ireland.
Former Fianna Fáil senator Des Hanafin has died
He was aged 86.
'I'm surprised that the leader of our country had the neck to walk in Darkness Into Light'
Senator Joan Freeman originally praised the Taoiseach for his involvement, but took a different view today in the Seanad.
'Darkness Into Light allows us to talk about the wound left by suicide'
Senator Joan Freeman talks to us about mental health services and being ‘a pain in the government’s neck’.
'I couldn't believe they over-medicated my father to shut him up because he was singing'
During a debate on proposed new laws to protect the vulnerable, Senator Lynn Ruane opened up about her own experience.
'People are getting exploited': New law aims to ensure waiting staff get their tips
Put forward by Sinn Féin senators, the law aims to ensure “transparency” over where your tip is going.
Fianna Fáil accused of u-turn ahead of debate on lowering voting age to 16
Proposed legislation would reduce the voting age for local and European Parliament elections.
Poll: Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
The proposal will be debated in the Seanad today.
Galway City Council investigating allegations staff were gifted social housing
Sinn Féin senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh says he has received documentation showing abuse of the council housing system by officials.
A Fine Gael politician has not fully repaid the large allowance he was given after losing his Dáil seat
Senator Ray Butler received the payment after he lost his Dáil seat in Meath.
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.
New laws could curb disputes over wills in Ireland
The Registration of Wills Bill 2016 will introduce compulsory registration of wills in the country.
'My thinking on social issues is really beginning to evolve': Lynn Ruane on her first full term in the Seanad
Independent Lynn Ruane has been an active campaigner on social issues since her election to the Seanad.
Nicola Sturgeon urges Ireland and Scotland to 'send a powerful signal' around the world
Scotland’s First Minister is on a two-day visit to Dublin, but is not meeting Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Environmentalists cut "deep wounds" in government's bill on hedge-cutting extension
The Irish Wildlife Trust has said that Minister Heather Humphreys ‘isn’t taking the protection of our natural heritage seriously’.
Seanad to temporarily relocate to National Museum despite objections
The move, which is expected to cost around €1.5 million, is to accommodate renovations at Leinster House.
The National Museum has 'no spare space for vagrant Senators' (according to An Taisce)
A statement from the national trust said the museum “has no spare space for the convenience of vagrant senators”.
Phil Hogan says the UK is 'going to learn a hard lesson' over Brexit
The Agriculture Commissioner said the UK can’t “have its cake and eat it” and dismissed Brexiteers’ “posturing and fancy talk”.
Staff 'weeping' over plans to temporarily rehouse Seanad in wing of National Museum
Refurbishment of the Seanad is expected to take two years.
Not happy - Fine Gael senators have been giving out about All Ireland tickets... again
The Seanad was today discussing a bill concerning its own reform, and ended up covering some well-trodden ground.
So they've been talking about seagulls in the Seanad again
They’re tearing refuse bags to pieces and don’t seem to understand bedtime, a FG senator complained.
Pieta House founder will donate €65k senator salary to the charity
Joan Freeman was named as one of the Taoiseach’s nominees to the Seanad last week.
Leinster House is crumbling, here's why they want to close it for the summer
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"
In a 2013 statement calling for the Seanad to be abolished, Reilly labelled it “very undemocratic” and said it had “no power.”
Here's who the Taoiseach has chosen to fill the remaining Seanad seats
The Taoiseach picked some Fine Gael TDs who lost their seats in February’s general election.
Poll: Should the Seanad have been scrapped?
The Taoiseach’s nominees to the upper house will be announced today.
"The Taoiseach is moving far too slowly" - Labour senator hits out at Enda for delay in Seanad nominations
Kevin Humphreys said that the Seanad appointments and ministerial appointments would amount to “jobs for the boys”.
Fianna Fáil senator says he filed expense claims "as honestly as he could"
Brian Ó Domhnaill claimed expenses for attending events in different locations on the same days.
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’.
Lynn Ruane: 'I never had a desire to move into politics'
Ruane says she hopes to champion the causes that are close to her heart.