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# Seanad referendum

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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.”
The government won't be doing any Seanad reform after all
Proposals to expand the electorate will not be implemented before the election.
Senator admits his two-day week 'gives the impression the Seanad is full of dossers'
Earlier, the Taoiseach promised that senators will get more work once legislation to give all third-level graduates a vote in Seanad elections is passed. The upper house is sitting for just a day-and-a-half this week.
BAI upholds part of complaint about Newstalk 'attack' on Taoiseach
The complaint related to comments made on the broadcaster’s breakfast show about Kenny’s decision not to take part in a debate on the Seanad referendum.
The day Enda got a political wallop and 7 other moments that defined the political year
Promissory note gone, abortion legislated for, the Seanad retained, and the bailout exited – here are few key moments from the past 12 months.
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.
Taoiseach clashes with Fine Gael TD over Seanad referendum campaign
Enda Kenny and John Deasy, who have clashed before, did so again at the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting last night.
"I voted No. I was disappointed with how the campaign went." - FG senator
A Fine Gael senator who was pro-abolition of the Seanad, has said that he voted against the referendum because he felt the Yes campaign was “disrespectful”.
Kenny: I've a busy schedule but I'll talk about Seanad reform as soon as I can
The Taoiseach has proposed all-party talks involving leaders in the Dáil and Seanad on what to do with the upper house.
Everyone's talking about reforming the Seanad, but how could we do it?
The Quinn-Zappone bill is being talked about a lot right now. But what’s in it? We take a look…
Adams 'rejects' efforts to make brother's conviction 'a party political issue'
The Sinn Féin president was asked about his brother Liam, the Seanad referendum and his own future in an interview this morning.
'He probably should have done it': Kenny's TV debate refusal divides politicians
While Minister Pat Rabbitte said it was his view that Enda Kenny should have debated abolition, Fine Gael chairman Charlie Flanagan insisted that the Taoiseach engaged “up and down the country”.
East-west divide? Referendum map shows how the country split on Seanad
In the east they said No but in the west it was largely a Yes.
Jigsaws, ‘The Beatles’ and €20m: Fine Gaelers rue ‘dreadful’ Seanad abolition campaign
The post-mortem begins as Enda Kenny’s four-year campaign to get the Seanad abolished flounders.
Column: The Seanad 'No' vote was the first step towards political reform
Some cynics claim that the government will do nothing about the Seanad now, but they are ignoring the reality that 93 per cent of the people oppose the status quo, writes Larry Donnelly.
Reform Alliance seeks debate and wants directly elected Seanad
One of their members Denis Naughten TD also says that “there might have been a different result on Saturday had the Dáil had been reformed first.”
Taoiseach had 'no difficulty' releasing Seanad referendum documents - but he didn't
Enda Kenny told Micheál Martin he would forward information about the Seanad referendum compiled by a unit in his department to the Fianna Fáil leader but this didn’t happen before Friday’s vote.
The Seanad is here to stay as referendum defeated
“Sometimes in politics, you get a wallop in the electoral process” – Enda Kenny
‘Reflection’ the buzz word but Taoiseach and Tánaiste appear open to Seanad reform
The government must now decide what it plans to do with the retained upper house.
The Irish people said 'No' to the power grab - Micheál Martin
The Fianna Fáil leader told party faithful this evening that supporters are ‘pushing forward with rejuvenation throughout the country’.
Taoiseach defends debate decision: 'I answered questions here, there and everywhere'
Enda Kenny has come under fire for declining to participate in televised debates on the Seanad Referendum in the wake of its defeat.
'Sometimes in politics you get a wallop': Taoiseach on referendum result
Enda Kenny said he welcomed the clarity that the referendum result has brought but added he was “naturally, personally disappointed”
Here's how the country voted in the Seanad Referendum
What way did your constituency go? Find out here…
'A great day for Irish democracy': Senators and Fianna Fáil toast referendum win
The moment of victory was sweet for some…
'It went down badly on the doorstep': Taoiseach's decision not to debate criticised
Enda Kenny’s decision to decline to participate in television debates during the Seanad referendum campaign has been criticised today.
'We got the Twitter out': Norris explains No side's 'success' in Seanad referendum
David Norris was in sparkling form at Dublin Castle this afternoon.
Fianna Fáil: We put forward arguments which demolished Fine Gael and Sinn Féin
Niall Collins said that the party is not taking anything for granted but is encouraged by the results of tallies coming in from around the country.
Dublin set to reject Seanad abolition as referendum result to be tight
Too close to call is the word of the day.
'We don’t really simplify things that are straightforward': Ballot papers cause confusion
The green and white papers caused a bit of confusion yesterday.
PIC: Low turnout reported as voters decide on Seanad and Court of Appeal
Have you voted yet?
PIC: If you haven't voted yet these are what your two ballot papers will look like
Here’s what to expect if you’re heading to your polling station in the next few hours.
Get out the vote: Polls open across the country for two referenda
The campaigning is over. Now it’s over to you.
Confusion and not obstruction was reason for government’s defeat in the Seanad
Why did the government lose a vote in the Seanad last night? Here’s what we’ve found out today.
He won't do any TV debates but here's Enda Kenny's pre-referendum message
He wants you to vote No. Ah no, we’re totally kidding…
Fianna Fáil: 'This government is up to something more than just Seanad abolition'
Fianna Fáil has warned about the impact on the Constitution that abolishing the Seanad will have in its final appeal to voters today.
Minister expects low turnout and senators to respect referendum result
Phil Hogan said he’s not worried about claims senators may disrupt the government’s legislative agenda if the public votes to abolish the Seanad. Though he was speaking before last night’s defeat in the chamber.
TD publishes bill to set 7am to 10pm polling hours in stone
Andrew Doyle said the variation in polling hours in some elections is causing confusion and resulting in potential lower turnouts.
McDowell's big book and 17 tweets from last night's Seanad referendum debate
He hasn’t gone away you know…
'The question is carried, isn't it?': The moment the government was defeated in the Seanad
It wasn’t the first time the government has lost a vote in the upper house but it came with the referendum just two days away.
Vincent Browne's Seanad debate
Miss the Vincent Browne Seanad debate? Read our blow-by-blow account here, there were four people…and Vin B, what more do you want?