For only the second time in 10 years, the government lost a vote in Seanad Eireann today. They were beaten by 19 votes to 18.
The Amendment was to the Charities Bill 2007 and was put forward by FG's Senator Jerry Buttimer. The rationale behind the amendment was to ensure that amateur sporting bodies are not prevented from applying for charitable status under this legislation. The amendment has massive implications for the Charity bill.