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Senator Katherine Zappone, who has called for the Taoiseach to address the Seanad within a month on his plans for reform. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A call has been made for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to address the Seanad within a month on his plans for reform of the Dáil and Upper House.Taoiseach’s nom(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Hildegarde Naughton: Seanad newcomer. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The nomination by Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Galway West councillor Hildegarde Naughton as a Senator has been described as “vindictive” and a misuse of (...)

The Taoiseach’s nominee to the Seanad Cllr Hildegarde Naughton was welcomed into the Upper House today. She replaces Martin McAleese.

The Taoiseach’s nominee to the Seanad Cllr Hildegarde Naughton was welcomed into the Upper House today.Ms Naughton was nominated by Enda Kenny on Frid(...)

Pat Rabbitte: mentioned boring machines but made people think of flip-flops.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When is a sinkhole not a sinkhole? When it’s a depression.As opposed to when it’s the Seanad – a political sinkhole which is also a pit of depression (...)

Denis O’Donovan: said that if the Upper House continued at its present pace, it would take 22 12-hour days to get through all the amendments. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Debate about allowing abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormality sparked angry exchanges in the Seanad.The amendment to the Protection of Life Dur(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: Land and Conveyancing Amendment Bill
, already passed by the Dáil,
 “does not grant any additional powers to financial institutions”.

There were sharp exchanges in the Seanad in a row about legislation dealing with home repossessions. The Land and Conveyancing Amendment Bill was intr(...)

Threshold Cork said an Access Housing Unit in the city had helped 38 people to exit homelessness since it was set up late last year.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Over 70 per cent of people who are homeless in Ireland are capable of independent living but access to more housing is required if the problem of h(...)

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