Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power says it is “extraordinarily unfair” to have people waiting between six and eight months for a decision on social welfare entitlements. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power said it was “extraordinarily unfair” to have people waiting between six and eight months for a decision on social we(...)

(From left) Senator Jillian van Turnhout, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames and Senator Averil Power during a press briefing where they called on the Government to support their Bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Dublin

Up to 50,000 adopted people would have the right to their birth cert for the first time under proposed new legislation.The Bill was produced by Senat(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power has criticized the government for failing to reform the Seanad, despite having promised to do so in the wake of the failed referendum on its abolition last year.

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power has criticized the government for failing to reform the Seanad, despite having promised to do so in the wake of the f(...)

Breda O’Brien: “All we wanted was an apology and was offered a completely inadequate response which was a right of reply. It is not up to you to defend yourself. It is up to the organisation that defamed you.” Photograph: David Sleator

Irish Times columnist Breda O’Brien has stated that she and other members of the Iona Institute only sought libel damages after RTÉ refused to apologi(...)

Joey Redmond at the LGBT Noise protest on South King Street in  Dublin this afternoon. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

RTÉ’s decision to apologise and pay damages over allegations of homophobia amount to a threat to free speech, a rally heard this afternoon. A c(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said if you enter the arena you cannot expect the Queensbury rules will always apply. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Any commentators or contributors to public debate must be prepared for “robust, heated, personal and sometimes even hostile argument”, Minister for Co(...)

Mary Fitzpatrick: “I think it will be a very important election for Fianna Fáil and for the people of Dublin.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Expectation is building in Fianna Fáil circles that Dublin councillor Mary Fitzpatrick will seek the party’s nomination to contest the European electi(...)

Former tánaiste Mary Coughlan:  “We need new blood, but the door isn’t closed entirely.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Attempts by former senior Fianna Fáil office holders to return to elected office are expected to be firmly resisted by party headquarters.“We need can(...)

Anne Doyle and her partner Dan McGrattan at a  funeral last year. Ms Doyle retired from RTÉ almost two years ago. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Former newscaster Anne Doyle has spurned an approach from Fianna Fáil to contest the European elections next year. Ms Doyle, who retired from RTÉ almo(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power: said political reform under the Coalition had been “largely cosmetic” and that a rash move such as abolishing the Seanad would result in the loss of independent voices from Irish politics. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In 70 days the electorate will decide whether or not to abolish Seanad Éireann. Now that the October 4th referendum date has been pencilled into th(...)