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(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton outlines the main provisions of the  Bill to give Recognition  to transgender people yesterday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Transgender people could have their status recognised by this time next year following the publication of an outline of a Bill yesterday. The legislat(...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: said the Seanad was in the last chance saloon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government had a comfortable majority last night in the first crucial vote on the Bill allowing a referendum to abolish the Seanad.Independent S(...)

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames who voted against the Government on the issue this evening

The Seanad has adjourned its final stage debate on the Bill paving the way for a referendum to abolish the Upper House until tomorrow.Debate on the l(...)

Katherine Zappone: said the law would continue to criminalise women who could not afford to travel even if they decided to terminate and follow their conscience

The 14-year prison term for an illegal termination is being introduced to “appease” people opposed to the abortion legislation and is no way to determ(...)

The judges of the Supreme Court: top row, from left, Susan Denham, the chief justice, Frank Clarke, Liam McKechnie and Donal O’Donnell. Bottom row, from left, Nial Fennelly, Adrian Hardiman, John Mac Menamin and John Murray. Illustrations: Eoin Coveney
One court. Eight voices

Susan DenhamChief Justice Susan Denham became the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court when she was appointed in 1992, just a year after she was ma(...)

 US first lady Michelle Obama with Moya Doherty and Fionnuala Kenny at a performance of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre last Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke

And speaking of slobbering . . . Here’s the Taoiseach’s wife, Fionnuala Kenny, introducing the guest of honour at Monday’s special performance of Rive(...)

The Seanad chamber. “The Government decision this week to allow the Seanad Reform Bill 2013 to pass to committee stage without a vote arose for reasons of realpolitik rather than from any commitment to reform.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Events and debates this week in the Seanad and within the Fine Gael parliamentary party illustrate the complexity involved in parliamentary ref(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking aboout the proposed abortion legislation before a recent Cabinet meeting. He has staked his political reputation on getting the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill passed before the summer recess. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The determination of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to keep his troops in line for the passage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 through b(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone: “The best way we can pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much for our freedom is to open up our democracy, not close it.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone described the introduction of a Bill to retain a reformed Seanad as an important occasio(...)

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