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Former European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet. Photograph: Price Chambers/Reuters

Two Fine Gael Ministers have said they would welcome the participation of former head of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet in the proposed(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton canvassing on Grafton Street, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

People will be persuaded to vote for the Seanad’s abolition as they learn more about the Upper House, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has said. Mr Br(...)

Likely to be low turnout in Seanad referendum. Photograph: Alan Betson.

On Monday night in Dublin, the NUI Galway alumni association convened a public debate on the future of the Seanad. Two of its graduates argued the tos(...)

Richard Bruton, director of Fine Gael’s campaign seeking a Yes vote in next month’s referendum on the abolition of the Seanad, during a press conference at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller

Seanad Éireann has been branded a “watchdog that barks only once every 50 years” by the director of Fine Gael’s campaign seeking a Yes vote in next mo(...)

We should make the Seanad responsible for more exercises in participative democracy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Richard Bruton is saying that our choice in this referendum is limited to either abolishing the Seanad or keeping it in its current form. But by what (...)

Pictured at the launch of the Kennedy Summer School 2013 in the Little Museum of Dublin today, were speakers Newstalk presenter George Hook, former minister Mary O’Rourke and  space commentator Leo Enright. Photograph: Mary Browne

Two members of the Kennedy family have been announced the speakers at the Kennedy Summer School, a festival of Irish and American culture, history and(...)

Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton and Regina Doherty launching the Fine Gael’s campaign for a Yes vote on the abolition of the Seanad . Photograph: Collins Photos.

The proposal to abolish the Seanad gives the Irish people a simple choice of reducing the number of politicians by 30 per cent and saving €20 million (...)

Yet another stalwart of Irish consumer retailing keeled over yesterday, as WB Peat & Company – known colloquially as Peats of Parnell Street – ann(...)

Cards from well-wishers still adorn the office of Tom Hayes who was appointed Minister of State for Agriculture in June, but it was a bittersweet mome(...)

The Seanad Chamber at Leinster House. The well-organised Democracy Matters group  has been busily campaigning all summer for its retention and reform. Photograph: Alan Betson

If a referendum on scrapping the Seanad had been held during the febrile period around the 2011 general election, there is little doubt it would have (...)

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