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

Brian Crowley: has been confined to Cork University Hospital due to ill health

The news this week that Ireland has the worst voting record in the European Union in terms of participation at the plenary session of the European Par(...)

Senator Mary Moran: “On a personal level, because I have a son who often uses respite services in a residential unit, I felt it very deeply, as did many of the parents who contacted me.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/Irish Times

Labour Senator Mary Moran said she was disappointed not to get a seconder in the Seanad for an emergency debate on the mistreatment of residents in t(...)

Colm Burke: “The level of abuse and threats made to people has been outrageous.”     Photograph:  Tony O’Connell Photography

Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke said it was “very sad” that a Cork hotel had to cancel an event due to the security risks posed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny,(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: said that Irish Water was  necessary as an infrastructural  utility. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he would not rule out holding a referendum to ensure Irish Water stays in public ownership.He was sp(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry: said the Taoiseach “has a responsibility to this House, as a democratic institution of the State, and we are entitled to answers’’

A Fianna Fáil demand that Taoiseach Enda Kenny answer questions in the Seanad on the byelection controversy was rejected in a House vote yesterday.F(...)

Senator David Norris:  referred to the “squalid matter of the byelection”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien again called on the Minister for the Arts to explain to the House who had asked her to appoint John McNulty to the(...)

Fine Gael senator Colm Burke has criticised a lack of fairness and transparency in the filling of more than 1,100 administrative positions in the HSE.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

More than 1,100 HSE adminstrative staff have been appointed to permanent higher-grade positions without going through formal interview processes.Fine (...)

Minister for Health James Reilly:  Commended by Marc MacSharry ‘because unlike some of his colleagues he always makes himself available for debates’.

Minister for Health James Reilly will be asked to attend the Seanad to answer questions about the withdrawal of discretionary medical cards.Seanad le(...)

Cathaoirleach Paddy Burke ruled out call for Minister to adopt  fast-track reconnection procedure

A family with four children who have been allocated a new house will not be in by Christmas because it will take three months for electricity reconnec(...)