Eoin O Malley

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Chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new group which will campaign to scrap the Seanad has dismissed as “trickery” the notion that the Upper House will be reformed if the referendum is (...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

The polite term for the obstacles that professional rugby in Ireland must negotiate on and off the pitch over the next 12 months is challenging.The IR(...)

DCU political scientist Eoin O’Malley said party leaders are using the Seanad to “manage the careers” of politicians. “You can see it is an antechamber to the Dáil, where people who want to get into the Dáil . . . will use it as a way of increasing their profile or making the fall not quite so hard for them.”

Forty per cent of Seanad members were defeated in the 2011 general election and almost two-thirds of Senators have lost out in the race for a Dáil sea(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said ‘the Seanad did nothing to challenge the unattainable policies of the Celtic Tiger’. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

Dysfunctional, undemocratic and eliteist – all are words used to describe the Seanad during the abolition debate. Parties on both sides of the campaig(...)

A general view of a revamped Ravenhill where Ulster beat Leinster in a pre-season friendly.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster 21 Leinster 19: As is the way with pre-season friendlies the result was always secondary to what was essentially a hit-out for the expanded an(...)

Eoin O’Malley in action for Leinster against the Scarlets last season. Injury has forced him to call it a day at the age of 25. Photograph: Ryan byrne/Inph

Seen by those who know best as Brian O’Driscoll’s natural heir in both blue and green, the outstandingly talented centre Eoin O’Malley has announced h(...)

Eoin O’Malley has been forced to retire from rugby through injury at the age of 25. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster’s Eoin O’Malley has been forced to retire from rugby at the age of 25 due to a long-term knee injury.Considered at one stage as a front runn(...)

Eighteen per cent of High Court and Supreme Court judges interviewed for a 2004 study believed their political connections had an influence on their appointment. “It would be naive to think politics wouldn’t be a factor, but I think it’s less of a factor nowadays than it was,” says one judge.

It may not be a word that crops up very often when Supreme Court judges convene to decide a case. In some lawyers’ shorthand, it signifies a world (...)

Under law a garda may stop any vehicle at a checkpoint and require a driver to provide a breath specimen, either at the car or at another place in the vicinity of the checkpoint.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Are TDs and Senators travelling to or from Leinster House automatically immune from prosecution? Does their position allow them to avoid penalty point(...)

Then president Mary  McAleese addressing a joint session of the Dáil and Seanad in 1999. “If Seanad abolition were supplemented by robust measures to strengthen the Dáil then it would be difficult to oppose abolition.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The Bill to abolish the Seanad raises questions as to how the Dáil should operate when the Seanad is gone. Currently – though this is an inexac(...)

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