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(...)

Senator David Norris:  referred to the “squalid matter of the byelection”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien again called on the Minister for the Arts to explain to the House who had asked her to appoint John McNulty to the(...)

Polar Bear, aka Steven Camden, performs at Lingo next month
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Ireland’s first ever spoken word festival? Really? There’s never been one before? It’s true and true again – despite the proliferation of book fest(...)

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys staunchly defended her nomination of Fine Gael Seanad byelection candidate John McNulty to the Imma board amid trenchant opposition criticism and some Labour Party concern. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government was sharply criticised in the Seanad in a row over the appointment of a Fine Gael Seanad byelection candidate to the board of the Ir(...)

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(...)