Seán Conlan: his former secretarial assistant Cathy Shevlin took an unfair dismissal case against him, and it was heard over three days in October and December last year. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A Fine Gael TD has been ordered to pay his former secretary €25,000 after an Employment Appeals Tribunal found against him. Mr Conlan’s former secre(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the Constitution stipulated that members of the Seanad were elected by secret postal ballot, which could not be changed without a further constitutional referendum.

The Seanad was “elitist, undemocratic and unacceptable as an institution of the State”, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams told the Dáil.He said the Seanad (...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys who refused to answer questions from reporters this morning about the nomination of John McNulty. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys refused to answer questions from reporters this morning about the nomination of John M(...)

Senators returned to the saved Seanad this afternoon with a relatively low key response to the outcome of the referendum on its abolition.Jubilation w(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton canvassing on Grafton Street, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

People will be persuaded to vote for the Seanad’s abolition as they learn more about the Upper House, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has said. Mr Br(...)

Former Minister for Justice Michael McDowell.

Former Minister for Justice Michael McDowell yesterday said he was confident the Irish people would vote down Government plans to abolish the Seanad (...)

We should make the Seanad responsible for more exercises in participative democracy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Richard Bruton is saying that our choice in this referendum is limited to either abolishing the Seanad or keeping it in its current form. But by what (...)

Chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new group which will campaign to scrap the Seanad has dismissed as “trickery” the notion that the Upper House will be reformed if the referendum is (...)

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(...)

Noonan and Howlin, together with Kenny and Gilmore, operate as a Cabinet within the Cabinet. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It takes an extraordinary political talent to convince most people that they should vote against the abolition of a body as bizarre and as offensive t(...)