Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin (above) and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan have received  pre-budget submissions and met groups ahead of  tomorrow’s budget. Photograph: Eric Luke

Having had to introduce a series of unpopular budgets since coming to power in 2011, this year’s process must feel a little alien to the Coalition. Th(...)

Hildegarde Naughton: ‘What is happening now is a review of the situation as the programme comes to a close.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael Senator Hildegarde Naughton has said Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar should address the Seanad to clear up any confusion about the futu(...)

Fianna Fail leader Micheá Martin and Senator Averil Power at the Fianna Fáil press conference on the Seanad Reform Bill 2014  in Dublin today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has published a Bill on Seanad reform that proposes fundamental changes to the way in which Senators are elected as well the composition o(...)

There was a high level of support for the No side in the “breakfast-roll man” Dublin commuter belt constituencies, with 54.6 per cent of voters rejecting the proposal here. Photograph: Alan Betson

There has been a lot of emphasis in recent days on the low voter turnout levels in last Friday’s referendums and the likely impact that had on (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  walks away after a  press conference at Dublin Castle on Saturday following the No vote in the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is anxious to see the Seanad become an effective watchdog to hold the Government to account. Still reeling from what (...)

     Enda Kenny speaking to the media outside the count centre in Dublin Castle after the defeat of the referendum on Seanad abolition. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a torrid day for unicameralists, the one chamber aficionados. It was an even worse day for Enda Kenny. “Sometimes in politics you get a wallop (...)

The people have spoken

The people have spoken, and delivered a resounding rebuff to the Government, and particularly to Taoiseach Enda Kenny who invested so much politica(...)

Senator David Norris celebrates at the Central Count Centre in Dublin Castle after the referendum to abolish the Seanad was defeated.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The referendum on the abolition of the Seanad has been defeated by 42,500 votes.The unlikely result was announced at Dublin Castle at 4.20pm by nation(...)

The axe to the Seanad?

In their desire to make a case for saving the Seanad, its proponents have had to combine and reconcile two largely, though not entirely, incompatible (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: perhaps creating some financial wriggle room for himself ahead of the budget. Photograph: Eric Luke

Credit where credit is due. Those officials at the Department of Finance are a vastly under-rated mob. At a time when the medium-term outlook for the (...)