Senator John Whelan: said he was appalled to report to the House that families had been threatened by elements within the Department of Health and the HSE that meagre supports would be withdrawn if they countenanced legal action. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Labour Senator John Whelan has criticised the Government for its attitude to children suffering from narcolepsy.He told the Seanad that Minister for (...)

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(...)

Ae motion from Independent Ronan Mullen, seconded by Sinn Féin, called for legislation to regulate the construction and siting of high-voltage lines and to “make provision for the placing of such high voltage electricity transmission lines underground” where possible. Photograph: Wolfgang von Brauchitsch/Bloomberg News

The Government had a single vote victory in a Seanad private member’s motion on electricity pylons after three Labour Party Senators abstained.The mot(...)

Senator Ned O’Sullivan said that one electoral area in Kerry involved three peninsulas. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Ned O’Sullivan (FF) called for increased allowances for county councillors representing large electoral areas. “We face huge county council constitue(...)

Senator Feargal Quinn proposed Bill to ban upward-only rent reviews. Photograph Dara Mac Dónaill

The Labour Senators who prompted a Government defeat in the Seanad by failing to vote against a Private Members’ Bill have insisted they did not set o(...)

Senator Martin Conway (FG) said the campaign in the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad was “a significantly dirty campaign, probably the dirtiest campaign we have seen in a referendum in the history of the country”.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two coalition party Senators have described the Seanad referendum campaign as “dirty’’ on the House’s last sitting day before tomorrow’s poll.Martin C(...)

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn’s Bill was for the banning of upward only rent reviews.

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad last night on the eve of the referendum to scrap the Upper House. Ahead of polling(...)

 Senator Feargal Quinn: moved the Private Members’ bill to abolish upward only rent

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad last night in advance of tomorrow’s referendum to abolish the House.Four Labour Senators,(...)

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad tonight in advance of Friday’s referendum to abolish it.Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad tonight in advance of Friday’s referendum to abolish it.Four Labour senators, John Kelly,(...)

TDs and Senators who are against the abolition of the  Seanad   Senator Ronan Mullen and Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames during a press brieifng on the plinth of Leinster House, Dublin, today. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former Fine Gael senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has accused the party of spreading “false propaganda” in its campaign to abolish the Seanad. Speaking as (...)