The Taoiseach suggested that some reforms in relation to the functions of the Seanad be proceeded with, as recommended by a working group chaired by former senator Maurice Manning. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Any reform of the Seanad looks increasingly unlikely during this Government’s term, Opposition representatives have said following a meeting with Taoi(...)

John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil’s senior man in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, has jetted off to the Canaries for a week in the sun as the party’s byelection campaign is getting into gear. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government fired the starting gun for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection on Wednesday. It’s all hands to the pumps for the political parties. E(...)

Former tánaiste and minister for education  Mary Coughlan and former taoiseach Brian Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Soldiers of Destiny are out in force today for their ardfheis in the RDS. They will have a lot to say about the IBRC controversy causing ru(...)

So many reports and recommendations advocating Seanad reform have gathered dust over the decades that it is difficult to become enthused by the latest(...)

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(...)

Working group chairman Maurice Manning: “Rather than set aside a specific number of seats for emigrants and the North, we though it better to allow all citizens to vote on the same basis.” Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Allowing all Irish citizens to vote in Seanad elections is an essential component of political reform, Maurice Manning, the chairman of a working g(...)

The working group on Seanad reform chaired by the former leader of the House and current Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, Maurice Manning, has recommended that work begin immediately on legislation to give effect to the recommendations.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

All Irish citizens including emigrants and residents of Northern Ireland should be allowed to vote in Seanad elections according to an official report(...)

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Sinn Féin: said the proposals for Irish citizens living abroad fell far short of what people wanted and deserved. Photograph: Alan Betson

Proposals to extend Seanad voting rights to emigrants and people living in the North are unlikely to be implemented before the election due early nex(...)

NUI chancellor Maurice Manning, chairman of the expert group on Seanad reform. Photograph: Alan Betson

A report believed to recommend radical reform of the Seanad and its electoral system has been presented to Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The report has(...)

‘One of the most compelling arguments for retaining Seanad Éireann is its potential to offer a political platform to those parts of Irish society under-represented in Dáil Éireann.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Twenty years ago, Fine Gael and Labour committed to a programme for Government promising emigrant representation in Seanad Éireann. The aim was con(...)