Proposals if implemented likely to result in control of the Seanad slipping out of the hands of the political parties.   Photograph: Alan Betson

The Seanad will be transformed if the recommendations of the working group are accepted by the Government. The key recommendation of the group, chaire(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone (centre) with members, supporters and campaigners for the transgender community (from left) Barbra Fay, Sara Phillips, Dr Fergus Ryan, Dr Lydia Foy, Sam and Deirdre Blanckensee and Victoria Mullen at Leinster House. Photograph:  Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Transgender rights campaigners have called for amendments to be made to the Gender Recognition Bill as the legislation starts being debated in the Sea(...)

The Seanad Chamber at Leinster House. The well-organised Democracy Matters group  has been busily campaigning all summer for its retention and reform. Photograph: Alan Betson

If a referendum on scrapping the Seanad had been held during the febrile period around the 2011 general election, there is little doubt it would have (...)