Wednesday August 12, 2020

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

30th December, 2014
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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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