Tag Archives: Seanad

Marc MacSharry

A bitter row broke out in the Seanad today over the membership of Marc MacSharry on the banking inquiry. Fine Gael Senator Maurice Cummins claimed that Fianna Fáil Senator Marc MacSharry had a conflict of interest. A claim Cummnins later withdrew. Senator … Continue reading

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Video – Senator Norris lets rip at GSOC debacle and Ronan Mullen’s musings

Senator Norris was in fine form this morning as usual. Taking aim at the GSOC debacle, Ronan Mullen and something related to a trip to Japan. Watch as the usher behind him, Seanadori and even Ronan Mullen have a good … Continue reading

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Senator Jim Walsh – there is a hate campaign being waged against Iona on twitter (VIDEO)

Fianna Fáil Senator Jim Walsh is well-known for his curious thoughts on social issues. During an interview in 2009 he said – “If I were to call people fairies. I would be called a bigot and all sorts of things, but David Norris … Continue reading

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Senator Averil Power raises RTE’s payout to Iona in the Seanad.

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power, is the only high profile woman in the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party (out of two) and probably the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party’s most socially progressive member ever. Dev will be turning in his grave! Being a woman … Continue reading

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‘I won’t work for free’ – David Norris (VIDEO)

In the Seanad today, the senators were busy talking about their favourite subject – themselves. Senator David Norris got up to speak during the order of business to discuss the Seanad. During his five-minute speech he managed to talk about … Continue reading

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Seanad election literature special.

It Only Encourages Them has teamed up with Irish Election Literature to bring you a Seanad election literature special. Alan did the hard work and tracked down the literature and provided the pictures, I’m adding some background to the former candidates. Kinda … Continue reading

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21 things that will happen if you abolish the Seanad.

Your neighbours will have louder sex. You will have even less sex. Your mother in law will come and live with you. The Irish international soccer team will get worse. M50 traffic will get worse. Your partner will cheat on … Continue reading

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The politics of getting elected to the Seanad.

In April of 2011, two months after the general election, Sinn Féin councillors from around the country were summoned to Leinster House. They were herded into a room, each given an envelope with instructions as how to vote in the … Continue reading

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Another Fianna Fáil reform flip flop!

This audio from Newstalk 106-108. It is Fine Gael TD Simon Harris debating Jim O’Callaghan. Jim is a Fianna Fail councillor for the Pembroke Rathmines area on Dublin City council. He is also the legal advisor to Fianna Fáil and … Continue reading

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Is this the most awkward silence ever?

This audio is an interview on morning Ireland with political scientist Gary Murphy who teaches at DCU and is also member of Democracy Matters, the the Fianna Fail led group campaigning to retain the Seanad. Thanks to Mark Reilly for the video.

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