Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney paid tribute to the Naval Service for its professionalism in preparing the LE Eithne for such a major humanitarian mission in just five days. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed confidence that the LE Eithne will play an important role when it joins the European effort to rescue the thousands(...)

A number of sports stars have appeared in a video pledging their support for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

GAA, rugby and athletics stars have teamed up to call for a Yes vote in the samre-sex marriage referendum on May 22nd.Cork hurler Donal Og Cusack, May(...)

Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke has called for efforts to reduce  the numbers admitted to hospital, particularly from nursing homes. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

There is a need for the health service to reduce the number of people admitted to hospital, particularly from nursing homes, Fine Gael Senator Colm Bu(...)

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(...)