Seanad Eireann

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny with French President François Hollande at a press conference in Government Buildings  yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In the glowing dawn of the new enlightenment, there was never going to be a row over the length of the summer break. A political golden age is upon u(...)

Mary Ann O’Brien: “You must remember there was €4 billion of State funding swilling around in the charities sector with no proper oversight.”

Footage of Mercedes and Audi cars being taken into possession by the interim chief executive of Console over the weekend sent out a discordant image t(...)

Senator David Norris has said that RTÉ’s Oireachtas Report programme is obliged to report on the Seanad. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Senator David Norris has said that RTÉ’s Oireachtas Report programme is obliged to report on the Seanad, “however vapid they may consider our proceedi(...)

MPs Boris Johnson (R) and Michael Gove address workers during a Vote Leave campaign visit in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. Photograph: Getty Images

Irexit. Gaelext. Hibexit. Eirexit. It just doesn’t roll so easily off the tongue as Brexit. But at some stage in the future we are going to have to co(...)

Pieta House founder Joan Freeman was one of three Taoiseach nominees to the Seanad chosen by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Three of the Taoiseach’s 11 Seanad nominees were selected by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. In an agreement reached by Mr Martin and Enda Kenny F(...)

Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

Secretary general of the OECD Angel Gurría: “Brexit is like a tax. It is the equivalent to roughly missing out on about one month’s income within four years.” Photograph: EPA

Leaving the European Union would cost British workers a month’s salary by 2020 but would reduce net immigration and lower house prices, the Organisati(...)

Newly elected Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell: ‘My objective is to represent the people of Limerick and to regain my Dáil seat at the next election.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Two Fine Gael politicians who lost their Dáil seats in the general election have been elected to the Seanad. Former TDs Kieran O’Donnell and Gabriel(...)

Voters chose by a narrow margin in a referendum in 2013 to retain rather than to abolish the Seanad. They did so without great enthusiasm, as reflecte(...)

Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

On April 12th at around midday, Daithí de Róiste pulled up his car at the Springhill Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. As he parked, he noted that(...)

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