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(...)

System not fit for purpose, says Darragh O’Brien , pictured above  with his father Padraig and Susan Maxwell. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland’s electoral system is not fit for purpose when the State is the last country in the EU still counting votes to fill European parliament seats(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Willie O’Dea:  said there was no direction on severance payment when he resigned as minister for defence in 2010, but added that he would have complied with such a direction if it had been in place.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has chastised senior Fianna Fáil TDs for accepting ministerial severance payments, triggering a Fianna Fáil counterattack on Mr K(...)

Independent Senator David Norris:  supported the call for a debate, and said Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Darragh O’Brien  “as a descendant of Brian Ború . . . should have declared an interest”.

A call has been made for “proper regulatory oversight” to be put in place for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which(...)

Darragh O’Brien (FF) said the Iarnród Éireann was offering a €10 discount on the next fare when booking online. But unknown to anyone the website also signed up the customer for a debit of €12 monthly from his/her bank account.

Senators sharply criticised Iarnród Éireann’s system for booking fares online. Darragh O’Brien (FF) said the company was offering a €10 discoun(...)

Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Darragh O’Brien had proposed an amendment to a rule of procedure that the Attorney General come to the House to answer questions.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Opposition attempts to have the Attorney General attend the Seanad to answer questions about the systematic t(...)

Fine Gael’s Paul Coghlan said ‘there is nothing preventing landlords and tenants taking into account market conditions’. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Seanad Fianna Fáil leader Darragh O’Brien challenged Fine Gael to implement its general election promise to end upward-only rent reviews. Mr O’(...)

“The finance spokespeople in the Seanad, and others who have expertise in that area, should be included in any newly constituted committee to inquire into the banking fiasco,’’ said Senator Whelan.

A Government Senator has said it would be “absurd’’ to exclude Seanad representation from the banking inquiry.John Whelan (Lab) supported a call by Fi(...)

Niall Collins TD: “It is a pity Minister Fitzgerald didn’t have the respect for the voters to speak out at the time, but the voters saw through the spin and did the right thing.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil is claiming comments by a Fine Gael Minister, that the campaign to abolish the Seanad was demeaning, proved that the idea to get rid of th(...)