Regina Doherty

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Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power: said political reform under the Coalition had been “largely cosmetic” and that a rash move such as abolishing the Seanad would result in the loss of independent voices from Irish politics. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In 70 days the electorate will decide whether or not to abolish Seanad Éireann. Now that the October 4th referendum date has been pencilled into th(...)

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(...)

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter: issued a carefully worded  apology  to Mick Wallace in May. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Sorry really isn’t, as Elton John insists, the hardest word. The hardest words are those we tack on to “sorry” to qualify it. Recently we’ve had plent(...)

Fine Gael is to make a formal complaint to the Leader of the Seanad over the remarks made by independent Senator David Norris. Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has said he regrets “any offence” caused by remarks he made in the Seanad yesterday about Fine Gael TD Regina Dohe(...)

Richard Bruton Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and director of elections for the Seadad referendum with Regina Doherty who has been appointed as Fine Gael deputy director of elections at Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has been accused of lying over his assertion that abolishing the Seanad would save €20 million a year and €100 millio(...)

Senator David Norris

Regina Doherty the Fine Gael TD who was accused by Senator David Norris yesterday of “talking through her fanny” will make a formal complaint to the L(...)

Regina Doherty to make formal complaint over  Norris comments

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty is to make a formal complaint about remarks made about her by Senator David Norris in the Seanad today. Ms Doherty (...)

Abolishing the Seanad would save the country €100 million over a five-year Dáil term, Fine Gael’s director of elections for the Seanad referendum, Ric(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly
were the primary movers in
, who helped lead a
n intensive
and all-out
campaign of cajoling and persuasion over the past two months Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

If there was one issue that had the potential to rupture Fine Gael it was abortion, given the preponderance of conservative-leaning Christian democrat(...)

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