The Government has suffered a defeat in a Seanad vote on a Private Members' bill on upward only rents.

The bill proposed by independent Senator Feargal Quinn was passed by 23 votes to 22.

It now goes to the Dáil for consideration. 

There was an initial electronic vote which resulted in 22 votes for and against but Cathaoirleach Paddy Burke of Fine Gael used his casting vote to defeat the bill.

The Opposition then called for a walk through vote which resulted in the 23-22 outcome in favour after Senator Paul Bradford arrived into the house and voted for the bill.

The Cathaoirleach's intervention was not required on the walk-through vote.

Five Government senators were not present for the vote: John Whelan, John Kelly, Deirdre Clune, Lorraine Higgins and Denis Landy.