Senators returned to the saved Seanad this afternoon with a relatively low key response to the outcome of the referendum on its abolition.Jubilation w(...)

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 (...)

Alex White’s concern about the gaps in the system is clearly genuine. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘In due course” is a phrase straight out of the playbook of political obfuscation. Along with “at the appropriate juncture” and “in the fullness of ti(...)

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames and Senator Paul Bradford outside the Dail after voting against the Government yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

The inaugural session of the Seanad Summer School opened in Kildare Street yesterday.This year’s theme: Whither the Upper House?They’ll know the answe(...)

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(...)

Former mayor of Galway City, Hildegarde Naughton, has been appointed to the Seanad by the Taoiseach. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael councillor Hildegarde Naughton has been appointed to the Seanad by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to fill the vacancy left following the resignation o(...)

Denis O’Donovan: said that if the Upper House continued at its present pace, it would take 22 12-hour days to get through all the amendments. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Debate about allowing abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormality sparked angry exchanges in the Seanad.The amendment to the Protection of Life Dur(...)

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(...)

Senator Ronán Mullen: “The Taoiseach, the Ministers and the Government should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for bringing this cruel and corrupt legislation before use”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government’s abortion legislation may incentivise a doctor to provide an abortion instead of an early inducement to avoid liability where a baby i(...)

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