Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad and two other ex-TDs who lost their Dáil seats are also expected to win in the Upper(...)

Green Party candidate and former surfing champion Grace O’Sullivan was elected to the Agricultural panel, overcoming Fianna Fáil’s Michael Smith despite his higher vote. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil’s poor strategy in organising its Seanad campaign has resulted in the loss of one of its four seats on the Agricultural panel. Green Part(...)

A canine candidate in Finglas, where Dogs Trust launched its election manifesto. Photograph: Fran Veale

Traditionally, the dogs in the street have been seen as a threat rather than an opportunity by canvassers. Alan Shatter’s team arrive on every doorste(...)

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(...)