Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

The judgment in the Digital Rights Ireland case – in which the court threw out the existing EU Data Retention Directive – was a sweeping defence of human rights.

For a long time, the biggest European thorns in the sides of multinational technology companies were the European Commission’s competition and tax aut(...)

David Norris has been elected to the Seanad on the University of Dublin panel. He was elected on the first count with 4070 votes late on Tuesday night

David Norris has been elected to the Seanad on the University of Dublin panel. He was elected on the first count with 4070 votes late on Tuesday nigh(...)

There are 16 candidates on the Trinity Seanad panel. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sabina Brennan When she started university as a mature student of 43, Brennan became the first member of her family to go to third level and gradua(...)

Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

On April 12th at around midday, Daithí de Róiste pulled up his car at the Springhill Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. As he parked, he noted that(...)

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(...)