Brexit & Ireland, an inside story of the Irish response

Tuesday, 03 September 2019
Need to understand how Ireland helped to shape the EU's response to Brexit? RTÉ's Europe correspondent Tony Connelly tells the dramatic story of the Irish response to this political and economic earthquake. Read More...

Stanhope Forbes, father of Cornwall's Newlyn School of painting

Friday, 16 August 2019
Dublin-born Stanhope Forbes spent time painting Brittany before founding the influential Newlyn School of painters in Cornwall in the late 19th century. Read More...

Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

Wednesday, 04 April 2012
A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

Friday, 07 October 2011
The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

Wednesday, 07 September 2011
Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Referendum to be held on abolition of Irish Senate

Government proposal could save the State €150 million over a parliamentary term.

Government proposal could save the State €150 million over a parliamentary term.

The abolition of the Seanad was proposed during the 2011 Irish election campaign by Fine Gael, Labour and Sinn Féin.

Last October, Fine Gael Seanad leader Maurice Cummins declared he expected a referendum to abolish the Seanad to be held within the next 18 months.

The programme of the Fine Gael and Labour coalition government formed in March 2011 promised that "We will significantly reduce the size of the Oireachtas by abolishing the Seanad, if the public approve in a constitutional referendum.”

The Seanad Éireann is the upper house of the Irish Parliament. It is not directly elected but consists of a mixture of members chosen by various methods. Its powers are weaker than other European senates and it can only delay laws with which it disagrees, rather than block them outright.

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