Senators criticised Ibec and the US Chamber of Commerce for joining a major cigarette company in opposing the introduction of plain packaging for ciga(...)

Fine Gael senator Catherine Noone has admitted she was wrong in calling for UFC to be banned from Ireland, and labelling it a “vile so-called sport.”S(...)

Lively exchange on the Last Word about Liz Delaney’s pub in Coolock which was embroiled in controversy after advertising a Welfare Wednesday drinks promotion night. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Traditionally, January is a time of abstinence, a welcome opportunity for people to take a break from the steady flow of drink that customarily was(...)

Liz Delaney’s pub said just because customers are unemployed doesn’t mean they should be excluded from normal social activities.

A Dublin pub has issued an apology after its “Welfare Wednesday” drinks promotion drew criticism from politicians and the Department of Social Protect(...)

The pub uses the Department of Social Protection logo in posters advertising ‘Welfare Wednesday’.

A Dublin bar which has launched a “Welfare Wednesday” drinks promotion offering cut-price alcohol to those in receipt of State payments has drawn crit(...)

Minister for Tourism Pascal Donoghue: Photograph: Eric Luke

The tourism picture for this year was described as “positive’’ by Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe. He told the Seanad that CSO figures showed th(...)

Garth Brooks: Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone said, “We do not want to discourage artists like Garth Brooks from coming to Ireland but it takes a rare case to highlight the inadequacies in a system.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A call has been made for legislation on licensing concerts to be amended to ensure a licence be obtained before tickets go on sale where events invol(...)

Rory McIlroy at the press conference on Fota Island, Co Cork. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sun shining, temperatures hitting 25 degrees, Fota Island looking as manicured and magnificent as Augusta and just when you think it couldn’t possibly(...)

 Senator David Norris: told Seanad that Minister for Justice has “an inability to resist the temptation to smear anybody who gets in his way”.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Independent Senator David Norris said the controversy surrounding Minister for Justice Alan Shatter was like a Greek drama. “H(...)

“Let us be honest in asking what checks and balances exist in the legislation to prevent taxpayers’ money from being used to add to politicians’ salaries,’’ said FPaul Bradford (FG).

Greater scrutiny to prevent the use of public money to top up politicians’ pay was called for by Paul Bradford (FG).He said legislation had been passe(...)