Tánaiste Joan Burton said the Government was keeping ‘a very close watch’ on events in Greece. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Government statement said the Economic Management Council (EMC) met on Monday evening to discuss “developments in Greece and across the euro zone”. (...)

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 (...)