One of the most obscure events in Irish politics is wrapping up on Thursday, voting in the Seanad byelection. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

One of the most obscure events in Irish politics is wrapping up today, voting in the Seanad byelection. The electorate is a tiny one, limited to the S(...)

Labour Party Seanad byelection candidate Maíria Cahill (second right) has come under increased pressure to clarify her links to a dissident republican group as voting draws to a close. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Labour Party Seanad byelection candidate Maíria Cahill has come under increased pressure to clarify her links to a dissident republican group as votin(...)

File photograph of Independent Senator David Norris. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has said that gay cousins should be allowed to marry each other following the same-sex marriage referendum. “It would(...)

Sinn Féin councillor Sinead Burke will contest the Seanad byelection against Labour candidate Máiría Cahill, Fianna Fáil candidate Dr Keith Swanick and Independent Jerry Beades.

Sinn Féin councillor Sinead Burke will contest the Seanad byelection against Máiría Cahill, who is the Labour Party nominee for the seat left vacant b(...)

Independent senator Gerard Craughwell said the decision of Eurostat that Irish Water had to remain on the State’s books was a matter of national importance that needed a full public debate. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Opposition parties have backed a campaign by Independent senator Gerard Craughwell to have the Seanad recalled to debate the Irish Water controver(...)

George Hook: “my plan is to write a trilogy.”  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ever since he announced his intention to retire from radio, George Hook has been vague about the exact date he plans to depart, much to the confusion (...)

Late former  minister  Sean MacBride (right) with his mother Maud Gonne MacBride and his son Tiernan, photographed in 1948. File photograph: The Irish Times

A signed first edition of Maud Gonne MacBride’s autobiography fetched €5,200 at a fundraiser for poet WB Yeats’s former summer home at Thoor Ballylee (...)

Auctioneer Colm Farrell dressed as WB Yeats at Thoor Ballylee near Gort, Co Galway. Farrell will auction a number of items at the tower, which is the former residence of the poet, on Sunday, May 31st, to raise funds to re-open the tower. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Not everyone would pick a draughty old Norman keep for a home to grow old in, but then not everyone shared the mindset of WB Yeats. “I am makin(...)

Apparently – at least as the No side would have it – gay people will fall prey to rampant broodiness the instant they get a wedding ring on their finger. Photograph: Getty Images

Peace at last!The broadcast moratorium kicks in after lunch today. And the noise will stop. You can call the glazier to get the windows repaired and y(...)

Independent Senator  Fidelma Healy Eames  at a press conference organised by the No side in the same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Campaigners for a No vote in Friday’s marriage referendum say they are open to having another vote to provide constitutional protection for same-sex c(...)