Senator David Norris said the 1916 Rising leaders were ‘traitors to their own cause’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris described the 1916 leaders as “traitors’’ in sharp exchanges in the Seanad today.Mr Norris said he believed that W B (...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout: thanked hotels and venues   on both sides of the Border that had  refused to host the so-called toddlers and tiaras beauty pageants. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The next drugs rehabilitation centre or shelter for the homeless should be established on Dublin’s Ailesbury Road, the Seanad has heard.Independent (...)

Construction hard hats left on metal building poles on the roof of a new multi-storey building in the sprawling Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit, in the West Bank,  after the Palestinian workers left for the day yesterday. The US and European states have  protested to Israel over its plan to appropriate  1,000 acres of land belonging to Palestinian villages in the Gush Etzion area, and declare that state lands. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

The appropriation by Israel of almost 1,000 acres of West Bank land is a “a nail in the coffin of a two-state solution” the Palestinian ambassador to(...)

Senator David Norris: ‘I want to push for a visit through this public forum and let the people of Ireland know that the Government is sitting on the matter and doing nothing.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent Senator David Norris has again said Pope Francis should be invited to visit Ireland. He said he had initially raised the issue in January(...)

  The Pride Parade in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland’s gay community needs to focus on “the freedoms that we still have to secure”, the grand marshal of Saturday’s Dublin Pride parade said. Colm(...)

An estimated 40,000 people turned out in Dublin city centre this afternoon for the annual Dublin Pride Parade. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times 1:51

The clouds have given way to sunshine and rainbows on O’Connell Street today as the Dublin Pride parade gets into full swing. “If I was straight I wou(...)

Among the signatories to a petition for an independent inquiry into policing of the north Mayo Shell/Corrib gas dispute is social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, four TDs, one Senator and seven academics are signatories to a petiti(...)

Senator Denis O’Donovan: said Stephen Donnelly had “the wisdom, good faith and trust to stand down from the committee, which has a particular agenda and motive’’.

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly was congratulated for resigning from the banking inquiry committee during renewed Seanad exchanges on the controversy(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “I recalled the words of Einstein in context of our commitment to honour trust.” Picture Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” That’s Enda in the Dáil last month, quoting Einstein, no less, as he moved the motion to es(...)

 Senator David Norris: “Deliberate and informed vote.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said yesterday the long-awaited investigation into the banking failure is about searching for the truth, not about “inter-party r(...)