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(...)

 Seanad leader Maurice Cummins says report will not be replicating and duplicating work that was already done. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The establishment by the Taoiseach of a Seanad reform working group has been defended in the Upper House against Opposition criticism that no members(...)

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(...)

Independent John Crown sought the Minister’s attendance to give the timeline for the provision of anti-hepatitis C drug Sovaldi. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More than 70,000 people had their medical cards removed in the past year and more than 17,000 were from people over 70, the Seanad was told.Fianna Fá(...)

David Norris: company ‘has 2,000 extra passenger workers’. Photograph: Frank Miller

It was extraordinary that Irish Water was talking about bonuses for a “rotten worker”, Independent Senator David Norris said. “The company has 2,000 (...)

Senator Marc MacSharry snapped at Senator Mary White, when interrupted:
“You’re an ignorant goat.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

In recent years, budget night in the Dáil bar has been a rather dull and subdued affair.The place used to be heaving during Fianna Fáil’s heyday. It g(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien: said Government could not slide away from the issue and think people were going to forget about it. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

John McNulty was listed as a businessman and board member of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) on the Seanad byelection ballot paper, Fianna Fáil(...)

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(...)

Senator Ned O’Sullivan: “It is very unusual to see Irish people bad-mouthing their own when they are away from home. It is not done.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A Fianna Fáil Senator has criticised MEPs for “bad-mouthing” the Government’s nomination of former minister Phil Hogan as Ireland’s next EU commiss(...)

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(...)