Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

ASTI members protesting outside school in  Co Dublin last year. The union has threatened industrial action this autumn. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The country’s main second-level teachers’ union has voted not to enter into talks with the Department of Education over issues such as working hours (...)

Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

On April 12th at around midday, Daithí de Róiste pulled up his car at the Springhill Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. As he parked, he noted that(...)

David Begg: ‘The trick is not letting everybody getting so dug-in that relations are destroyed or trust gone. There can be a lot of collateral damage’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

David Begg, former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) says the government being formed should focus on stabilising the cur(...)

Sixth-class pupils on the Luas. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

People who depend on public transport are unlikely to be in a reflective mood about the current Luas dispute and the historical parallels with events (...)

The reality that Britain will not join the euro means Ireland can no longer share a path with it but must adjust to a Europe dominated by German rules. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland is an outlier on many listings of international development among comparable states. Irish spending on research and development is low; health(...)

The Borgen palace in Copenhagen. “We could do worse than look beyond the fictional television series and seriously explore what the real Borgen offers us by way of a model.”

Borgen is a word which frequently trips from the mouths of commentators in the aftermath of the general election. This fictional television series ba(...)

The latest output from the rumour mill is that Wednesday, rather than Tuesday, will be the day Enda Kenny calls the election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The moment to call “Time, gentlemen, please!” on the 31st Dáil is fast approaching. President Michael D Higgins is said to have cleared his diary and(...)

Conventional wisdom states that Joan Burton’s team is going to take one hell of a beating at the upcoming election. Yet there was little evidence of(...)

David Begg defended his knowledge of pensions and said some of what had been said in the Dáil about his role in pension discussions on Aer Lingus was a “travesty of the truth”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Regulating the Irish pensions regime in circumstances of “fragility and uncertainty about the future” will be a “formidable challenge”, chairman desig(...)