Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said: “Some comments made previously earlier on in the week by a colleague of mine were unnecessary and probably silly, to be frank - you know, lecturing people as regards the consequences of what happens if they don’t pass this legislation.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government had a comfortable Seanad majority of 31 to 26 in the first vote on the Water Services Bill, with the support of four Independents.Senat(...)

Senator John Kelly said some water charge protesters at Wednesday’s demonstration wanted nothing but to ‘create anarchy’. File  photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Labour Senator John Kelly accused some of those on Wednesday’s protest march against water charges of thuggery.Mr Kelly said he complimented those who(...)

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If ever there was a place where time has stood still, it’s the Brooks & Co shop at 136 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.The timber structure, dating (...)

Stephen Powell: has been jailed for his part in a plot to smuggle more than €80m worth of cocaine into the north Wales. Photograph: PA

A 48-year-old English man has been jailed for 16 years for his part in a plot to smuggle €80 million worth of cocaine into Wales that was foiled by Ir(...)

Senator David Norris: critical of owners of buildings with multiple occupation whom he feared were “rack-renting”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sections of Dublin city centre have been described by Independent Senator David Norris as “an area of dereliction and waste”.He told the Seanad that i(...)

Senator Averil Power proposed the motion following the recent announcement by Sweden that it would recognise Palestine, becoming the 135th country to do so. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Seanad has unanimously accepted a Fianna Fáil motion calling on the Government to formally recognise the state of Palestine. Senator Averil(...)

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 (...)

Concerns that the increase on cigarette prices will lead to increased criminality leading to it being called a “Nidge” tax.

Another touch of Frost in the Kildare Street air and it had nothing to do with the change in the weather. Michael Noonan was moved to quote American p(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry: said the Taoiseach “has a responsibility to this House, as a democratic institution of the State, and we are entitled to answers’’

A Fianna Fáil demand that Taoiseach Enda Kenny answer questions in the Seanad on the byelection controversy was rejected in a House vote yesterday.F(...)

‘While endless columns and air time are sacrificed to fulminations over the McNulty fiasco, the would-be stroke that has reduced the Oireachtas to an orgiastic lather can be reduced to one small and boring fact: Enda Kenny’s contempt for the Seanad.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

There are times when Prof Morgan Kelly’s dismissive description of this State as “tiny and boring” is annoyingly apt. Our political dramas are small a(...)