The Seanad reform campaign group Democracy Matters has criticised the Government for the delay in implementing change to the State’s Upper House. In t(...)

From left, Feargal Quinn, Senator Katherine Zappone and Michael McDowell SC, at a Democracy Matters event in Dublin last September. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Democracy Matters, the campaign group established to oppose the abolition of the Seanad, has criticised the Government for delays in implementing what(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who described the electoral rebuff on abolishing the Seanad as a “walloping’’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Legislation implementing the Government’s decision to give all third-level graduates a vote in future Seanad elections is expected to be published dur(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone said the group’s reform proposals could be achieved by way of legislation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Six principles to reform the Seanad will be put forward today by the group Democracy Matters, which successfully opposed its abolition in last year’s (...)

Fianna Fail director of elections Niall Collins speaks to reporters  at Dublin Castle  shortly before the referendum result was announced. Photograph: PA

The political map of the State, showing how each constituency voted, is a telling illustration of all the contradictions thrown up by this referendum.(...)

 Mary O’Rourke with local Mary McCormack during a Democracy Matters campaign at Golden Island shopping centre Athlone where she was urging  for a No vote in the Seanad referendum next month.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The referendum to abolish the Seanad is throwing up some strange political bedfellows.Former Fianna Fail minister TD and Senator Mary O’Rourke was joi(...)

 Senator Feargal Quinn and Senator Catherine Zappone at the launch of Democracy Matters, which is campaigning against the abolition of the Seanad,  at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Abolishing the Seanad would merely compound Ireland’s economic difficulties, not cure them, according to Senator Feargal Quinn. Instead of focusing on(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power: said political reform under the Coalition had been “largely cosmetic” and that a rash move such as abolishing the Seanad would result in the loss of independent voices from Irish politics. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In 70 days the electorate will decide whether or not to abolish Seanad Éireann. Now that the October 4th referendum date has been pencilled into th(...)

 US first lady Michelle Obama with Moya Doherty and Fionnuala Kenny at a performance of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre last Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke

And speaking of slobbering . . . Here’s the Taoiseach’s wife, Fionnuala Kenny, introducing the guest of honour at Monday’s special performance of Rive(...)