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David Norris thundered that government “lies” and “half-truths” about saving money are shocking. In fact, he reckoned that, when everything was added up and taken into account, abolishing the Seanad could cost in the region of €150 million.

Their poor little faces. Some unkind people started muttering about turkeys before Christmas. We preferred to think of nicely fattened veal calves abo(...)

A screengrab of the RTÉ Prime Tim debate on the future of the Seanad. (Left to right) Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton, moderator Miriam O’Callaghan and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.

The abolition of the Seanad would improve the Irish political system as it would shift the full focus of politics to a chamber elected by all the citi(...)

Ciaran Cannon: claimed he would be guaranteed Seanad seat.

Senators have demanded that Minister of State Ciaran Cannon address the House on a claim that a Fianna Fail Senator tried to bribe him.Mr Cannon was a(...)

John Paul Phelan said the €20m savings claim had been ’one of the most striking’made during the referendum campaign. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The Government’s proposal to abolish the Seanad will not save €20m, a Fine Gael TD has told London-based Irish lawyers last night, who overwhelmingly (...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

John McCormack, Irish Cancer Society, Prof John Fitzpatrick, breast cancer survivor Sharon Burrell and Prof William Gallagher. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Women diagnosed with breast cancer are to be asked to contribute tumour tissue to a national biobank which will be used to monitor treatments for the (...)

Prof John Crown, who said the decision not to make crizotinib available on the high tech drugs scheme “a really big mistake”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Two new cancer treatments should not be made available to Irish patients, the body charged with assessing the cost effectiveness of medicines has rul(...)

Prof John Crown said Ireland has six medical schools, twice the European average.

A new “virtual” cancer research centre aimed at connecting the various strands of research in Ireland has been established by a group of leading oncol(...)

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(...)

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