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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the launch of the party’s Bill to reform the Seanad. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Fianna Fáil has published a Bill on Seanad reform that proposes fundamental changes to the way in which senators are elected as well the composition o(...)

Julie Feeney: ‘Any opportunity to refresh our approach to life is good by me.’

It’s that time of year again. As the final bars of Auld Lang Syne fade into the distance, a list of New Year’s resolutions will be drawn up.Some will (...)

Senator John Crown: “If we pass this Bill, it is going to ring around the world as another onslaught in the worldwide battle against tobacco”

MARIE O’HALLORANThe Government has defeated a Seanad private member’s Bill to criminalise lobbying of government officials by tobacco manufacturers a(...)

Senators Feargal Quinn and Katherine Zappone published a Bill which included allowing for the extension of the vote to all citizens over 18. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government’s decision to give all third-level graduates a vote in future Seanad elections represents a rapid response to the electorate’s rejectio(...)

Parallel universes are characterised by an ‘us and them’ mindset that is deeply ingrained and negatively affects every aspect of healthcare delivery. Photograph: Getty Images

The 1973 Pink Floyd song Us and Them with the words, “forward he cried from the rear and the front rank died”, is particularly relevant to the Irish h(...)

 Micheál Martin TD, with Sen Sean Barrett, and Michael McDowell, SC at the Central Count Centre, in the Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The No vote for abolition of the Seanad “will be a very hard lesson for the Government that you can’t govern by focus group”, according to Democracy M(...)

Michael McDowell and former Green Party minister Eamon Ryan at the count centre in Dublin Castle.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Donegal Labour Senator Jimmy Harte had the best line of the weekend when he called the Seanad Referendum “the costliest after-dinner speech in history(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny needed to sell his idea and failed to do so. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Here are 10 of the principal reasons why there was a narrow No vote in the referendum to abolish Seanad Éireann. They are not in ranking order. 1. Pow(...)

Prime Time presenter, Miriam O’Callaghan  with Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise, and Fine Gael’s director of elections, Richard Bruton (left), representing the ‘Yes’ camp and the leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin, representing the ‘No’ camp, before they debated the abolition of the Seanad prior to this Friday’s referendum.

The abolition of the Seanad would improve the political system because it would shift the full focus of politics to a chamber elected to by all the ci(...)

David Norris thundered that government “lies” and “half-truths” about saving money are shocking. In fact, he reckoned that, when everything was added up and taken into account, abolishing the Seanad could cost in the region of €150 million.

Their poor little faces. Some unkind people started muttering about turkeys before Christmas. We preferred to think of nicely fattened veal calves abo(...)

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