The noble council has been brought low

The farcical scenes in the Seanad last week belie the origins of an assembly that was once ahead of its time

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Elaine Byrne

30th December, 2014
The noble council has been brought low
Elaine Byrne

The Seanad was adjourned for a second time in less than an hour on Monday afternoon following heated exchanges about whether members of the House were drunk during the late-night sitting the previous Friday to discuss the Water Services Bill.

It was not always so.

Ninety-two years ago on December 11, 1922, the first session of the Irish Senate met in the National Museum on Kildare Street. The first Irish Senate was the most curious...

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