Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik described retiring Senator Feargal Quinn as “a model for us in terms of his activity and immense contribution to the Seanad over those years”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Seanad adjourned indefinitely after tributes were paid to retiring Senators and voters were praised for retaining the Upper House in the referend(...)

In engaging with politics, young people seem more likely to engage with issues. The traditional political party structure tends to engage young people who grow up to be the type of political thinkers their parents were.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

In Fiach Kelly’s piece on ‘Bertie’s Children’ in The Irish Times in January, eight 18-year-olds were interviewed, and when asked the question “Are yo(...)

Empty seats . . . but the Oireachtas has been busy, passing 253 Acts during this Government’s five-year term. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two key pieces of legislation now look certain not to have completed their passage through the Oireachtas before Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolves the 3(...)

 Senator David Norris: “I always assume my phone is tapped” and “that somebody is listening”.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has has said the question of phones being tapped is always raised in connection with journalists but never for priva(...)

Israeli peace activist Ezra Nawi, who was arrested on Monday following comments he made in an undercover television documentary.

Israeli police arrested left-wing activist Ezra Nawi as he was trying to board a flight at Ben-Gurion international airport on Monday. The arrest c(...)

L-R: Louise Bruton, Alan O’Neill, Ellie Kisyombe, Lynn Ruane. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lynn Ruane Student and equality activism Ruane rose to prominence when she was elected president of Trinity College Students Union in February 2015. (...)

David Norris, left, and Geoffrey Dudgeon of the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association. Photograph: Pat Langan

The government considered using Aids as an argument to retain laws that outlawed homosexual acts, in preparation for a case at the European Court of H(...)

Simon Harris, Minister of the year: he’s been impressively combatant, competent and confident all year. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Lovely Boy Competition: Micheál Martin The Fianna Fáil leader sashays away with our coveted tiara following a delightful performance in Cork last we(...)

Lynn Ruane with Róisín Ingle of the Irish Times on her election as president of TCD students’ union. Photograph: The Irish Times

Lynn Ruane, a single mother from Tallaght who left school at 15 and was elected president of Trinity College Dublin’s students union earlier this year(...)

Senator David Norris:  “I condemn utterly corruption but I also condemn the squalid methods employed by RTÉ in the making of that programme.”

Independent Senator David Norris has condemned what he called the “squalid methods” used by RTÉ in its investigative documentary on standards in pub(...)