Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

Former leader of the Progressive Democrats Michael McDowell. Photograph: Collins

Outgoing senator Ronan Mullen has topped the poll in the Seanad election on the National University of Ireland panel followed in second place by forme(...)

Voters chose by a narrow margin in a referendum in 2013 to retain rather than to abolish the Seanad. They did so without great enthusiasm, as reflecte(...)

In our poll, 61 per cent of respondents backed Seanad reform, 36 suggested abolition, and 3 per cent said it should remain as is. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Irish Times Poll of the Day aims to get an overview of readers’ opinions on current events. Today’s poll ran until 5.30pm, after which the results(...)

Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

On April 12th at around midday, Daithí de Róiste pulled up his car at the Springhill Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. As he parked, he noted that(...)

Trinity College Seanad candidate Sean Melly has written to the Taoiseach expressing his surprise and disappointment that Fine Gael “would attempt to politicise the Trinity College or National University of Ireland panels”.

Fine Gael has rejected claims that acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the party have undermined the integrity of the Upper House by asking members to vot(...)

The Seanad Chamber at Leinster House. A renewed Seanad presents a golden opportunity to have some senators representing different diaspora communities around the world. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

While Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin are still practising for musical chairs, a drama is being played out elsewhere which could well be called “the for(...)

Mark Bonar is quoted as saying he had treated sportspeople with banned substances such as erythropoietin (EPO), steroids and human growth hormone.  Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The doctor at the centre of allegations about the doping of as many as 150 athletes, including past and present Premier League players, is an unregis(...)

Sinn Féin party whip, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD with Louise O’Reilly TD present Sinn Féin’s submission on political reform to the All-Party Oireachtas Committee at Leinster House. Photograph:

Sinn Féin has said it will press for the introduction of universal voting rights in the new Seanad, which will be elected next month. Aengus Ó Snoda(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. In 2011 Senators resisted his attempts to get long-standing Senators to stand down

The prospect of a minority government failing to control the new Seanad could influence Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to consider a coalition deal, source(...)