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# Upper House

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FF-FG voting pact steamrolls two-seat Seanad race as there's disappointment for Hazel Chu 
Fine Gael’s Maria Byrne and Fianna Fáil’s Gerry Horkan have both been elected.
FF and FG seek to share the spoils as two Senators will be elected today
The government parties have a voting pact to support each other’s candidate, as well as their own.
Lynn Ruane, David Norris and Michael McDowell to return to the Seanad
Counting continues to fill seats on the Industrial and Commercial panels.
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan and Independent Rónán Mullen elected to the Seanad
Former TDs Michael D’Arcy and Eugene Murphy have been elected.
Counting in Seanad election to begin today - but access to count venue will be restricted
This has been an election like none other for candidates hoping for a seat in the upper house.
Senators are back today, and they have some new digs
The old Seanad chamber is closed for essential renovation works.
Averil Power loses out to Lynn Ruane in battle for Seanad seat
There’ll be plenty of familiar faces in the upper house.
Everything you need to know about one of the most exclusive elections in Ireland
The Seanad election is underway. But how does it all work and how many people actually get a vote?
Joan Burton lashes 'online warriors' as Mairia Cahill becomes a Labour senator
The abuse victim has won a seat on the Seanad’s Industrial and Commercial Panel.
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.
Over a year after the Seanad referendum, there will be reforms
A working group will report back to the government by March.
'A right pain in the bum': Most senators are coming back tomorrow... but some are on holidays
We contacted all members of the Seanad to find out if they’ll be coming back for debates on Gaza and Ukraine tomorrow.
The government doesn't have a majority in the Seanad, but will pass a law to fix that today
Fine Gael hopes to fill the vacant Seanad seat when TDs and Senators return from their holidays in September.
The government has lost another Seanad vote - and it could delay free GP care for children
Senator John Crown’s amendment to free GP care legislation has been passed – against the government’s wishes.
Column: Politics in Ireland is eating itself
The Government has been burned twice in apparently straightforward attempts to reform the political system due to a misguided, blanket rejection of all politicians by the public, writes Colm Ó Broin.
Five-day weekend: The Seanad sat for just two days this week
The uncertainty over the future of the upper house meant that there wasn’t much business organised for this week.
FG: Scrapping the Seanad saves €20m. Oireachtas: Um, there's no way to know
The €20 million saving has been a central plank of Fine Gael’s pro-abolition campaign – but now the Oireachtas says there’s no way to know how much will be saved if the Seanad goes.
Seanad abolition: Where do the parties stand?
The government has committed to abolishing the upper house but where do the parties stand on whether it should stay or go? We asked them and here is what they told us…
A bluffer's guide to the Seanad election count
Did you vote in the Seanad elections? Relax – you probably didn’t have one. Here’s how the whole thing works.