Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has asked the party’s TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election. He will (...)

 Denis O’Donovan:  “If a US citizen tries to get a work visa or go a step forward and obtain a residence permit or citizenship in Ireland, he or she has as good a chance as a resident of Mars. Let us be real.’’

The State should face up to the reality of seeking to regularise the position of undocumented Irish in the US while failing to give “one iota of a ch(...)

Senator Denis O’Donovan: said Stephen Donnelly had “the wisdom, good faith and trust to stand down from the committee, which has a particular agenda and motive’’.

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly was congratulated for resigning from the banking inquiry committee during renewed Seanad exchanges on the controversy(...)

 Susan O’Keeffe and Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government Seanad leader Maurice Cummins has described the selection of two Opposition Senators for the banking inquiry committee as a “democratic de(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Eamon Gilmore once played the beautiful game called democracy. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: got their way with the Oireachtas Committee

Day one of World Cup 2014, and before a ball was kicked or a beer cracked open we were already embroiled in a match-fixing scandal. And to think we on(...)

 Senator David Norris: told Seanad that Minister for Justice has “an inability to resist the temptation to smear anybody who gets in his way”.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Independent Senator David Norris said the controversy surrounding Minister for Justice Alan Shatter was like a Greek drama. “H(...)

 Ivana Bacik: costs could be minimised by using existing District Court structures and procedures, and by limiting the pilot court to offenders who pleaded guilty to summary offences only. Photogaph: Cyril Byrne

The Cabinet has accepted a proposal from Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to establish a pilot community court in Dublin city centre(...)

Senator Denis O’Donovan: said that as politicians, they should feel a great shame at what happened to  Louise  O’Keeffe

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn should make “an appropriate and abject apology’’ to Louise O’Keeffe, Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan told t(...)

Denis O’Donovan (FF)  said whitefish quotas were totally inadequate. Photograph: Alan Betson

Denis O’Donovan (FF) called for an urgent debate on the fishing industry. He said the whitefish fleet was at crisis point, adding that in the past (...)

Criticising the European Commission, Mr O’Donovan said it had forced Bank of Ireland to quit profitable businesses after it was bailed out by the Government.

The Government will have to set up a State-sponsored financial institution to lend money to small and medium-sized businesses, a senior Bank of Irelan(...)