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Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen has said the implementation of water charges is “getting more farcical by the day” because PPS number(...)

Independent senator Gerard Craughwell said the decision of Eurostat that Irish Water had to remain on the State’s books was a matter of national importance that needed a full public debate. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Opposition parties have backed a campaign by Independent senator Gerard Craughwell to have the Seanad recalled to debate the Irish Water controver(...)

Chairman of the Low Pay Commission Donal de Buitléir, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the official launch of the commission’s report on the national minimum wage at Seán O’Casey Community Centre, East Wall, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Employers may introduce a “slight adjustment” in the hours they give to workers as a result of the 50 cent increase in the minimum wage, the chairman (...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: said pubs need to be able to adjust to the competition provided by supermarkets. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Greg Mulholland, a UK Liberal Democrat MP and traditional pub industry campaigner, put on a frightfully good show on Tuesday when he addressed the Oir(...)

Incumbent on Natrium Ltd, the new owners of Clerys, to engage with the staff and their trade unions, Minister of State for Jobs Ged Nash told the Seanad.

It was incumbent on Natrium Ltd, new owners of Clerys, to engage with the staff and their trade unions, Minister of State for Jobs Ged Nash has told (...)

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane, pictured with party leader Gerry Adams, said a Department of Social Protection form showed clear bias towards financial institutions. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

The withdrawal of social protection transactions would put post offices under threat, Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell said. She told the Seanad socia(...)

New York-based publisher Niall O’Dowd says TDs and Senators must put pressure on the US Government to improve the situation of Irish illegals. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New York-based publisher Niall O’Dowd has told TDs and Senators to put pressure on the US Government to improve the situation of Irish illegals.Mr O’D(...)

Athenians wave Greek flags during a protest rally outside the Greek parliament building in Syntagma square, central Athens. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

The rise of Sinn Féin in opinion polls in Ireland and a similar surge of support for Podemos in Spain is “the best help” that can be given to the n(...)

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys, who said the amendment was practical and reasonable. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys accepted the principle of a Seanad amendment to have the legislation recognising the identity of transgender people(...)

The Seanad has passed all stages of the Water Services Bill. 2:35

The Water Services Bill has passed all stages in the Seanad, paving the way for its signature by President Michael D Higgins and the introduction of c(...)