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(...)

Cathaoirleach  Paddy Burke of Fine Gael holds the casting vote in the Seanad. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government looks increasingly likely to win the crucial Seanad vote on the Water Services Bill this evening. At least three of the Independent Sen(...)

Prof Ninetta Santoro, Dr Manuela Heinz and Dr Elaine Keane at NUI Galway to discuss diversity in teacher education

The shift from one year to two years in the postgraduate programme for trainee teachers has delighted policy wonks who believe it will enhance the (...)

Gerry Adams: getting a chilly response. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

What do Gerry Adams and the pope have in common? To their true believers, they are infallible. There was a strange atmosphere in the chamber yesterday(...)

File photograph of Taoiseach Enda Kenny with FG Seanad candidate John McNulty. Photograph: Donegal Daily

Fine Gael Seanad candidate John McNulty attended no meetings, met no senior official, or made no formal visit to the Irish Museum of Modern Art durin(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys who refused to answer questions in the Seanad about  Mr McNulty’s appointment.

When Fianna Fail senator Ned O’Sullivan rose to speak in the brief Seanad debate on the appointment of John McNulty to the board of Imma on Tuesday, h(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has declined to say how she came to nominate a Co Donegal Fine Gael member to the board of the Irish Museum of (...)

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys staunchly defended her nomination of Fine Gael Seanad byelection candidate John McNulty to the Imma board amid trenchant opposition criticism and some Labour Party concern. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government was sharply criticised in the Seanad in a row over the appointment of a Fine Gael Seanad byelection candidate to the board of the Ir(...)

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames leaves the Four Courts after she settled her High Court action against the Irish Daily Mail. Photograph: Collins Courts

Fine Gael Senator Fidelma Healy Eames today received an apology in the High Court from the Irish Daily Mail over articles it published about her volun(...)