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Former Minister for Justice Michael McDowell.

Former Minister for Justice Michael McDowell yesterday said he was confident the Irish people would vote down Government plans to abolish the Seanad (...)

Former Fine Gael legal adviser Brian Hunt said the Government’s “line of ‘let’s save €100 million and sack 60 politicians’” in abolishing the  Seanad was superficially attractive. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government’s proposal to abolish the Seanad belongs to the “announce first, think later” school of policy-making, a former Fine Gael legal adviser(...)

Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly who has secured the signatures of one third of Senators supporting recall of the Seanad.

The Seanad is likely to be recalled from holidays before the end of this month to discuss the law on organ donation which is covered by an EU directiv(...)

President Higgins: seven individuals on the council are chosen by the President

Final preparations were under way at Áras an Uachtaráin last night for the first meeting of the Council of State since President Michael D Higgins (...)

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(...)

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(...)

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