Senator Gerard Craughwell, who became an Independent member of the Seanad in its byelection last year, has twice applied to a  group of five Independent Senators but has twice been rebuffed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

It seems the first ever group for Independent Senators is not open to all non-aligned Senators - but only those who meet its approval. Gerard Craughw(...)