Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Eamon Gilmore once played the beautiful game called democracy. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: got their way with the Oireachtas Committee

Day one of World Cup 2014, and before a ball was kicked or a beer cracked open we were already embroiled in a match-fixing scandal. And to think we on(...)

David Norris thundered that government “lies” and “half-truths” about saving money are shocking. In fact, he reckoned that, when everything was added up and taken into account, abolishing the Seanad could cost in the region of €150 million.

Their poor little faces. Some unkind people started muttering about turkeys before Christmas. We preferred to think of nicely fattened veal calves abo(...)

How the Seanad voted on the Thirty-Second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Eireann) Bill 2013, allowing a referendum on the future o(...)

“I am not sure of the legality of party allowances being retained for members who are no longer in their parties,” says Senator Paul Bradford. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rebel Fine Gael Senator Paul Bradford has questioned the legality of political parties retaining up to €500,000 annually for TDs and Senators no longe(...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: said the Seanad was in the last chance saloon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government had a comfortable majority last night in the first crucial vote on the Bill allowing a referendum to abolish the Seanad.Independent S(...)

Deirdre Clune: “While the details of any condition can be ironed out, including the obligation to hold an Irish passport, and time limits after which a person living abroad could no longer vote, the concept is very worthwhile.’’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Senator Deirdre Clune (Fine Gael) called for the extension of voting rights to emigrants during the resumed debate on the legislation paving the way f(...)