Senator David Norris: disgraceful to claim that the Government was anti-child. There was an “offensive and bullying’’ tone involved in the criticism. Photograph: David Norris

Following more than 120 amendments and as many days of debate the Children and a Family Relationship Bill has passed in the Seanad.Senators, along wit(...)

Galway West TD Noel Grealish said he will not be joining any party or loose alliance of Independent TDs in the run-up to the general election.

Independent TD for Galway West, Noel Grealish, has confirmed he will not be joining fellow deputy Shane Ross’ s national alliance of Independents.His (...)

 Senator Fidelma Healy Eames was challenged to produce any evidence that any US state had banned Mother’s Day.  On Monday, the Senator told Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show she had made “one” error in sending out the tweet. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has admitted she made a mistake when sending out a tweet claiming Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were banned in some states(...)

Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has claimed that the State is costing its citizens jobs by failing to teach them languages. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Republic cannot give its own citizens jobs because the State is failing at teaching languages, the Seanad has heard.Independent Senator Fidelma He(...)

Thoor Ballylee, near Gort, Co  Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Thoor Ballylee in south Galway where WB Yeats would climb his “winding, gyring, spring treadmill of a stair” may become a new cultural centre if fundi(...)

Lucinda Creighton is the only confirmed TD in her new party.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The new political year has seen a flurry of activity around various political groupings and embryonic parties which may emerge ahead of the next gener(...)

Lucinda Creighton of Fine Gael is congratulated at the count centre in the RDS  on her election to the Dail in 2007.  File  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Lucinda Creighton forfeited both her ministerial office and parliamentary party membership when she defied Fine Gael on abortion legislation in July 2(...)

Fine Gael Mayo TD John O’Mahony said he has made no ‘final decision’ over whether he will move constituency to Galway West for the general election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

There is increased speculation that Fine Gael Mayo TD John O’Mahony will move constituency to Galway West for the general election after the loss of (...)

Galway’s Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames, a member of the Reform Alliance, has written to Mr Higgins asking that he refer the Bill giving effect to water charges to the Council of State, the advisory group to the President. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Another group of Oireachtas members has written to President Michael D Higgins asking that he decline to sign the Water Services Bill into law and ins(...)

John and Mary Geoghegan on their land overlooking the Owenriff River and Lough Graffard.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) experts and consultants have expressed “major concerns” about a Connemara roadway scheme that was given Bor(...)