Independent Senator David Norris has criticised what he called a ‘surreptitious attempt’ to make ‘savage cuts’ to the salaries of ushers in Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised what he called a “surreptitious attempt” to make “savage cuts” of 5.6 per cent to the salaries of Lein(...)

Eamonn Coughlan: The Seanad’s own former Olympic athlete sent his best wishes to soon-to-be octogenarian Ronnie Delany. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was a sparsely attended session of Leaders’ Questions. But above in the offices of Government TDs, the photocopiers were working overtime. As the C(...)

 Minister for Children James Reilly said the move should protect children from starting to smoke. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Legislation to use plain packaging on tobacco and cigarette packets has been passed by the Seanad, making Ireland the first country in the EU and the(...)

Gay Switchboard Ireland director Maria Keogh and Senator David Norris, who recalls: “[Volunteers] had to have the capacity to listen and to engage.”

“Too often we underestimate the power of a listening ear. It has the potential to turn a life around.” So says a message on Gay Switchboard Ireland’s (...)

Senator Ivana Backik, Senator David Norris, Bryan Lucey head of the newly formed King’s Inns’ Gay and Lesbian Straight Alliance, Patrick Treacy SC, and Dr. John Murray from the Iona Institute before the start of the Kings Inns marriage referendum debate. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Supporters of the yes side in May’s marriage equality referendum were warned against complacency at a debate in the King’s Inns in Dublin last night. (...)

Senator Ivana Bacik; Senator David Norris; Bryan Lucey, the head of the newly formed King’s Inns Gay, Lesbian, Straight Alliance; Patrick Treacy SC; and Dr John Murray from the Iona Institute meet before the start of the King’s Inns marriage referendum debate. Photograph: Alan Betson

In what has been deemed a first for Ireland’s oldest law school, a debate took place in King’s Inns in Dublin (founded 1541) on equality between gay a(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Darragh O’Brien said the blockade of Fingal county councillors was an attack on democracy. Photograph: David Sleator

Fianna Fáil has claimed the blockading of Fingal county councillors after a local authority meeting last week “is obviously going to be a trend acros(...)

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(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar should be congratulated on his announcement – and left to get on with his job. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s decision to disclose that he is gay is an important personal choice for him but it is also a political moment, as n(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Miriam O’Callaghan in RTÉ yesterday when he announced he is gay. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:23

Leo Varadkar is nothing if not frank. “I am a gay man, it’s not a secret, but not something that everyone would necessarily know, but isn’t somethi(...)