Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has been urged in the Seanad to withdraw the Legal Services Regulation Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald could be a candidate for the Guinness Book of Records for 105 amendments she made to a single page of a Bill (...)

Senator David Norris: “It is a very serious charge and was leaked, I presume, by the Garda . . . it is very shocking stuff’’

Senators have strongly condemned the publication of a newspaper article on a Garda investigation into alleged abuse by a former minister. Independent(...)

Reports of an increase in the number of seagulls coming inland to forage for food may be due to a new EU rules on the discarding of fish, the chairman of a fisherman’s group has said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Reports of an increase in the number of seagulls coming inland to forage for food may be due to a new EU rules on the discarding of fish, the chairman(...)

A seagull at the British Open in Scotland. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

A Kerry-based marine expert has called for “a bit of factual perspective” on the debate over “killer gulls” and has warned that the birds face a real (...)

To cull the gulls?

Herring gulls (larus argentatus) – this week’s media villain and trending story. Grisly headlines. In Cornwall a pensioner left with blood pouring dow(...)

A call has been made for a cull of seagulls who are “endangering society” and “invading towns”. Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan said “they’ve actu(...)

Senator David Norris in the courtyard at Dublin Castle for the result of the referendum on marriage equality. He was praised in the Seanad for his decades-long campaign for gay rights

Independent Senator David Norris has called for “certain anomalies” to be ironed out when legislation is drawn up to give effect to the result of th(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan: “We have the worst record per 100,000 farmers. In the UK they have about 60 per cent of our deaths and throughout Europe it’s only about 50 per cent.” File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The GAA should appoint a national farm safety officer in a bid to reduce the incidence of farm accidents, a report from the Seanad public consultation(...)

Senator Denis O’Donovan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan called on the Seanad to address the “lack of societal respect” for law, order and authority in the State. He said(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: said that Irish Water was  necessary as an infrastructural  utility. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he would not rule out holding a referendum to ensure Irish Water stays in public ownership.He was sp(...)