Taoiseach Enda Kenny said ‘the Seanad did nothing to challenge the unattainable policies of the Celtic Tiger’. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

Dysfunctional, undemocratic and eliteist – all are words used to describe the Seanad during the abolition debate. Parties on both sides of the campaig(...)

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames and Senator Paul Bradford outside the Dail after voting against the Government yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

The inaugural session of the Seanad Summer School opened in Kildare Street yesterday.This year’s theme: Whither the Upper House?They’ll know the answe(...)

While there is speculation overBoris Johnson and Cameron’s Tory leadership, Enda Kenny has been an incredibly firm leader. Photographs: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images and Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

How safe is David Cameron as leader of the Tory Party? As safe as houses, you might think, with the proviso that all political houses tend to be made(...)

Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly who has secured the signatures of one third of Senators supporting recall of the Seanad.

The Seanad is likely to be recalled from holidays before the end of this month to discuss the law on organ donation which is covered by an EU directiv(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter fears public focus will not be on court of appeal vote. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has expressed concern in the Seanad that little attention will be paid to a referendum to create a new court o(...)

 Senator David Norris: “the Government’s sleight of hand, dishonesty, manipulation, Machiavellian conniving and use of corruption – in every sense of the word – will backfire on it.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

  The Seanad has decided by 33 votes to 25 for legislation to allow a referendum on whether to abolish or retain the Upper House. A(...)

How the Seanad voted on the Thirty-Second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Eireann) Bill 2013, allowing a referendum on the future o(...)

The Seanad will resume its debate on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Seanad has resumed its debate on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. The legislation, which is at the report stage, provoked controvers(...)

“I am not sure of the legality of party allowances being retained for members who are no longer in their parties,” says Senator Paul Bradford. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rebel Fine Gael Senator Paul Bradford has questioned the legality of political parties retaining up to €500,000 annually for TDs and Senators no longe(...)

File image of John Kelly with Labour part leader Eamon Gilmore (left). Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

There were chaotic scenes in the Seanad today in a row over replacing rebel Fine Gael and Labour senators on Oireachtas committees.Labour Senator John(...)

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