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Carlow’s new Senator poised to begin work in earnest

Carlow’s new senator could finally take her seat in the Seanad as early as next week.

Enda Kenny is to appoint his 11 Senators later today.

The move will allow the upper house of the Oireachtas sit for the first time.

49 Senators were elected to the Seanad a month ago but the upper house can’t meet until the Taoiseach makes his 11 appointments.

Jennifer Murnane O’Connor hit out at the Taoiseach earlier in the week for not appointing them sooner and delaying the seanad from conducting any business.

Among those expected to be made Senators today are TD’s who lost seats in the general election.

They include Fine Gael’s deputy leader, former minister James Reilly and former junior minister Paudie Coffey.