Frances Black, running as an Independent, but supported by Sinn Féin, has been  elected to the Industrial and Commercial panel of the Seanad on the 27th count. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Singer Frances Black has been elected to the Seanad. Ms Black, running as an Independent, but supported by Sinn Féin, was elected to the Industrial (...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny’s party has moved to comply with gender rules. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael has agreed to add four female candidates to its general election ticket to ensure it meets gender quotas. Ennis-based councillor Mary Howar(...)

Apple expansion will have a knock-on effect for shops and business. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A shopkeeper and former councillor in Gurranebraher, near Hollyhill in Cork city, yesterday praised Cork City Council for relocating a Traveller ha(...)

Minister of State  Dara Murphy: he beat Senator Colm Burke by a narrow margin (188 votes to 172) at the recent convention. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over a dozen long-serving Fine Gael members walked out of a constituency meeting in Cork North Central last week when a supporter of Dara Murphy, M(...)

Dara Murphy: “I do regret if people feel that I did something inappropriate.” Photograph: The Irish Times / Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has described the controversy around Minister of State for European Affairs Dara Murphy accepting a lif(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: told the Seanad that an additional €3 million has been provided to facilitate the appointment of 19 staff. Photograph: Dave Meehan

An additional €3 million has been provided to facilitate the appointment of 19 staff dedicated to organ donation across the country, Minister for Hea(...)

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(...)