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(...)

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(...)