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Only a judge (actually three) can decide.

This afternoon.

The High Court, Dublin.

Labour senator Ivana Bacik (above and top) – representing a group of ten senators who are taking action to find out if the  Seanad can sit  without the next taoiseach’s nominees – arrives for a specially convened hearing.

The State argues it cannot sit until all 60 members are appointed.

Via RTÉ:

The outcome of the case will be significant if a government is not formed this weekend as legislation for terrorist and gangland crime – including the operation of the Special Criminal Court – needs to be renewed by next Monday or it will lapse.

The case is being heard by three judges of the High Court, including the President of the court Ms Justice Mary Irvine.

More as we get it.

High Court action over whether Seanad can meet and legislate (RTÉ)


There you go.

More as he gets it.

Related: It’s going to cost taxpayer €50k-a-day to have Dail sit in Convention Centre (Herald.ie)



Old school Gates.

Luke Silke tweetz:

Following queries, The Oireachtas have confirmed that the software used to display the results of today’s Seanad election count was developed in 1993 and has “worked perfectly” in every election since then, adding that it also “works on Windows 10”

Earlier: Meanwhile, In Dublin Castle

This morning.

Solidarity-People Before Profit’s Ruth Coppinger, who lost her Dáil seat last weekend, announces that she will run for a seat in the Seanad in the for the National University of Ireland constituency.

In fairness.


Previously: The Ruth Gets In The Way Of A Good Story

This afternoon.

In the Seanad.

Statements on Palestine are being given before a vote on the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018 is taken.

Earlier: Meanwhile, Outside Leinster House

Previously: Why A Trade Ban Is Necessary


Tánaiste and Mininster for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney was the first politician to make a statement.

Mr Coveney said:

“Speaking on behalf of the Government, I am unable to agree that this bill is the right way forward. And I want to set out carefully for the Seanad why I believe this is so.

“There are three broad reasons. Legal, political and in terms of practical effect. The overriding point which frames the Government’s view is that the bill asks the state to do something which we do not have in our power. Ireland is part of a single, unified EU market, external trade policy, that is trade by third countries into the EU, as well as trade between the EU members states is an exclusive competence of the European Union.

“We are not in a position to raise a barrier and declare that goods legally available elsewhere in the EU cannot be brought into Ireland for sale.

“There are some other legal difficulties with the bill but I will leave those aside for now because this is the essential point. It does not concern just how the legislation is framed or drafted, but the very ability of Ireland to enact such legislation within EU rules.

“Passage of this bill would therefore be a breach of European law and exposes Ireland to potentially legal action by the European Commission or affected individuals and potentially also to fines and damages which could continue as long as the bill remained in force. This is not a course that any Government could support….”

The Seanad debate can be watched live here



There you go now.

He looks well.

UK must accept it is decision time on Brexit – Hogan (RTE)


But you can never take our FREEDOM.

*swishes kilt*

This morning.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets Seanad Ceann Comhairle, Senator Denis O’Donovan before addressing Seanad Eireann on the second day of her visit to Ireland.

Ms Sturgeon is the first serving head of a foreign government to speak to the Senate.


Nicola Sturgeon Addresses irish Parliament (BBC)



James Reilly and Michelle Mulherin; both lost their seats at the General Election

The former TDs parachuted into Seanad Eireann include Dr James Reilly, former health and children’s minister, and Mr Kenny’s past constituency running mates Michelle Mulherrin and John O’Mahony. Ray Butler who has represented Meath West in the past and Paudie Coffey, a former junior minister.

Frank Feighan, is also nominated. He is a former Senator and TD from Roscommon who decided not to stand in the February election after facing deep voter anger at health cuts in the county.

Enda Kenny retains five colleagues who lost jobs after election (Belfast Telegraph)

Previously: In The Line Of Feighan

Sam Boal/Rollingnews