Independent  Gerard Craughwell speaking after his election. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

It says a lot about the state of politics in this country when the main Government party loses a Seanad election it should have won by a mile and t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton  after their first joint press conference yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Less than an hour after Joan Burton became Labour Party leader last Friday week, negotiations on the future shape of Government kicked into action.Wi(...)

Fine Gael director of elections  Richard Bruton (left),  Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter take part in a photocall calling for a Yes vote in the referendums. Photograph: PA

2011: Fine Gael election manifesto promises to call a referendum to abolish the Seanad.April 11th, 2013: Former tánaiste and attorney general Michael (...)

Des Hanafin: accused the Government of running a “cynical and bullying” campaign, which had “been marked by misinformation and a refusal to debate”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Six former government ministers have called for a Yes vote in the Seanad referendum campaign.In a cross-party alliance Des O’Malley (FF and PDs), Alan(...)

Alan Dukes was one of six former ministers who called for a Yes vote in the Seanad referendum. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Six former government ministers have today called on voters to support the abolition of the Seanad.They are Alan Dukes and Gemma Hussey (FG), Des O’Ma(...)

Chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Chief of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey has defended his move to chair an anti-Seanad group in the referendum campaign, saying his invo(...)

Chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new group which will campaign to scrap the Seanad has dismissed as “trickery” the notion that the Upper House will be reformed if the referendum is (...)

A jubilant Dr John O'Connell, after he was elected in Dublin South Central
Obituary: Dr John O’Connell
  • People
  • March 16, 2013, 06:00

John O’Connell. Born: January 20th, 1927. Died: March 8th, 2013. Dr John O’Connell, who died last week aged 86 years, had a varied caree(...)

Dr John O’Connell’s legacy

Sir, – Marie O’Halloran (Home News, March 9th) writes of Dr John O’Connell: “As Minister for Health he is best remembered for liberalising Iris(...)