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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Seanad

All time
# Mind = blown
Look at how incredibly complicated it is to elect Senators...
Our minds are blown. Our heads hurt.
# totally rad
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.
# Controversial
Senator suggests marriage referendum money better spent testing gay people for HIV
Senator Jim Walsh told the Seanad the idea was put to him by a gay man he met last weekend.
# marriage ref
Conservative senator Jim Walsh resigns from Fianna Fáil parliamentary party
He does not agree with certain aspects of new family law.
# The High Table Interview
7 things we learned from our VERY revealing interview with Ronan Mullen
The independent senator talked same-sex marriage, adoption and being approached by Fine Gael in an interview with
# paulie walnuts
There was another entertaining episode of Joan v Mary Lou in the Dáil today
The Sopranos featured twice at Leaders’ Questions today.
# State of the Nation
Enda will be the 'most popular man in the world' next week
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Abuse
Senator: I was called a Nazi and threatened with rape for supporting Palestine
Fianna Fáil’s Averil Power also spoke to about Micheál Martin’s leadership.
# Abortion
'If my daughter was raped I'd never force her to carry a child'
“I’m very conscious that I was an unwanted pregnancy.”
# the scenic route
Where have you seen these political faces before?
They all have one place in common besides the Dáil.
# making the leap
Out of the frying pan: Which Senators want to become TDs?
‘People criticise using the Seanad as a platform to the Dáil … but it makes sense.’
# nice prices
Lisbon Treaty vote (the 1st one) the most expensive referendum of past 15 years
They told us we’d save €20 million by scrapping the Seanad — but it cost us a fair chunk of change to hold the vote.
# Trouble Brewing
Calls for Portlaoise Courthouse to be moved after 'mass gurrier brawl'
“Up to 60 people were involved in a wholesale chaotic brawl, fisticuffs and dangerous scenes of violence.”
# Gambling
No cigarette-style warnings on betting slips ... for now
Do you think they’re a good idea?
# reforming from the inside
Is it true that Fianna Fáil has no policies? Well, not really...
It’s a constant claim thrown at the party, but it turns out it has more than a few ideas.
# Most unparliamentary
9 times when Irish politics has been really sexist
The debate about sexism in Irish politics has been reignited by Michael Lowry and his controversial note this week.
# State of the Nation
Here's what Enda will be getting up to in Davos today
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# to join or not to join
'Lucinda or Shane never knocked at my door ... they probably knew better'
So, are any Senators going to join the new alliance or party?
Opinion: Government is making a mockery of democratic reform – so we're taking matters into our own hands
It’s shameful to think that a raggle-taggle group like ours, with day jobs and no money, are making a better go of inviting public opinion than the Government itself.
# Vacancy
Fine Gael could have another Seanad headache on its hands
With independent senator Jillian van Turnhout in the running for Children’s Ombudsman there could be another vacancy in the upper house.
# Garret the Good
Enda Kenny might appoint a senator to the Cabinet*
*If he’s re-elected.
# Leinster House
QUIZ: How well do you really know these TDs and Senators?
Test your knowledge here.
# happy holi-dáil
That's all folks: Applause from senators as 4 week Christmas break announced
Over in the Dáil, it’s a markedly shorter break. TDs will be back on 14 January.
# Confusion
Senator says no one in Fianna Fáil told him he was expelled
Mark Daly claimed he hadn’t heard from anyone in the party after he defied the whip early on Saturday morning.
# All Talk
The Seanad debated the Water Services Bill well into the wee hours
Senators are now expected to return on Monday to continue the debate.
# State of the Nation
Will the Seanad reject water charges?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Close Call
'Sickened by the threats': Will Senators reject water charges?
“If the Seanad wants to be taken seriously it must do the right thing and not be merely a rubber stamp for the Government’s brutal austerity policies.”
# that is most unparliamentary language
6 of the dirtiest insults thrown across the floors of the Dáil and Seanad
Featuring: Scumbags, fannies, turnips and a certain future Taoiseach.
# The Upper Room
Over a year after the Seanad referendum, there will be reforms
A working group will report back to the government by March.
# Your Say
Poll: How often do you tune into Oireachtas TV?
Organisers aren’t expecting thousands of viewers.
# Advertising
The Oireachtas really wants you to know it broadcasts the Dáil on TV
The parliament’s communications unit is stepping up an advertising campaign.
# bare city
WATCH: David Norris condemns 'knickers shops and ignorant buildings' in Dublin city
“What I have seen has absolutely horrified me.”
# birth certs
Adoption group urges support for new law to stop adoptees 'feeling like pariahs'
James Reilly has said that the Adoption Bill will benefit from further consultation.
'My son died believing I had rejected him': Philomena Lee calls on Senators to support Adoption Bill
The Seanad is set to debate a Bill on the rights of adopted people this week.
# Frankly speaking
Frank Flannery was pretty astounded with the way Fine Gael handled McNulty-gate
The former Fine Gael strategist has had his say on McNulty-gate.
# Seanadigans
There was an almighty row over Phil Hogan and Irish Water in the Seanad today
The upper house was suspended three times this afternoon. Here’s what happened….
# Notes on a scandal
Here is John McNulty's handwritten note accepting his controversial state board appointment
The former Fine Gael Seanad candidate’s nomination to the board of IMMA caused a huge political crisis recently.
After senators agreed to recognise the state Palestine, will TDs follow suit?
Fianna Fáil are pushing for a Dáil vote on the issue.
# New Job
Overlooked Seanad hopeful who quit Fine Gael is now working for Lucinda Creighton
Samantha Long is working as a secretary for the former Fine Gael minister.