TDs and Senators who are against the abolition of the  Seanad   Senator Ronan Mullen and Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames during a press brieifng on the plinth of Leinster House, Dublin, today. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former Fine Gael senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has accused the party of spreading “false propaganda” in its campaign to abolish the Seanad. Speaking as (...)

Senator Katherine Zappone, Michael McDowell SC, Jim O’Callaghan SC and Lucinda Creighton TD during the debate at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former minister of state Lucinda Creighton has accused the Yes side in the Seanad referendum campaign of using misleading and superficial claims to su(...)

What injects energy into public discussion, raises awareness and encourages voting is strong, articulate argument on each side of the debate. Photograph: Frank Miller

Arguments for and against the proposal to abolish the Seanad have been made vigorously in recent weeks. Discussion on the proposal to establish a cour(...)

The Seanad chamber looking towards the chair

Fianna Fáil has accused the Government of running a Seanad abolition campaign lacking in substance and debate, but rich in gimmickry and soundbites. (...)

Brendan Howlin said the terms of the inquiry should be ‘narrow and specific’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

An Oireachtas banking inquiry could provide long-awaited answers for the public “who need and deserve” to hear the views of those who witnessed the St(...)

A call has been made in the Seanad for the Houses of the Oireachtas to support a ban in Ireland on child beauty pageants.Jillian van Turnhout said in (...)

Róisín Shortall: “Very few countries of our size have a second house of Parliament, why should we?” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The opposing sides in the referendum to scrap the Seanad plan to step up their respective efforts in the final 10 days of the campaign.With polling da(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett is at odds with Enda Kenny and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin over how to choose a replacement for civil servant Kieran Coughlan, who retired last month after 23 years as clerk of the Dáil and secretary general of the Oireachtas Commission. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Tongues were wagging in Leinster House this week after the latest twist in the continuing stand-off between the Taoiseach and the Ceann Comhairle over(...)

Denis Stanton, second from right, with Enda Kenny. They are joined by fellow Fine Gael TDs Paul Kehoe, Liam Twomey and John Perry Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Noel Whelan’s interest in the Oireachtas committee system (The Irish Times, August 24th) and our scrutiny of EU legislation is greatly heartening. As (...)

Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly and Justice Elizabeth Dunne, chairperson of the Referendum Commission at a press conference in Dublin today. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The referendum on the proposal to abolish the Seanad will involve some 40 changes to the Constitution, the chairwoman of the Referendum Commission has(...)

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