Maurice Manning: The Manning group’s report has since sat untouched on some shelf in Government Buildings. Setting it up was a cynical exercise in winding down the clock on reform.  Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

While we wait patiently as our newly convened Dáil takes its time in forming a government, the election of our next Seanad is happening below the publ(...)

Shane Casey, Gary Murphy and Liam Heffernan. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Review: God Bless the Child
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  • July 17, 2014, 15:28

God Bless the Child Everyman, Cork ****   This retelling by director Patrick Talbot of three of Frank O’Connor’s most famous (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said the position of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is now untenable in the light of the continuing co(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone said the group’s reform proposals could be achieved by way of legislation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Six principles to reform the Seanad will be put forward today by the group Democracy Matters, which successfully opposed its abolition in last year’s (...)

Robert Hoban auctioneer at the Allsop property auction in the Library room of the RDS, this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A group of community activists in Trim has failed in a bid to buy a building at a property auction. They had hoped the building, auctioned at t(...)

Former Fine Gael legal adviser Brian Hunt said the Government’s “line of ‘let’s save €100 million and sack 60 politicians’” in abolishing the  Seanad was superficially attractive. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government’s proposal to abolish the Seanad belongs to the “announce first, think later” school of policy-making, a former Fine Gael legal adviser(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone: one of the Democracy Matters group seeking reform of the Seanad, not abolition

The Democracy Matters group backed by former tánaiste Michael McDowell has reached the halfway point in its drive to raise €70,000 for its campaign to(...)

Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass) celebrates with his caddie Brian Martin after holing his birdie putt on the 18th green to win the  Irish Amateur Close title  at Connemara GC yesterday. Photograph: Pat Cashman

The tightly-knit gallery formed a human amphitheatre around the 18th green, oblivious to the rain that joined the AIG sponsored, Irish Amateur Close C(...)

Minister for Local Government Phil Hogan deserves credit for finally seeking to put in place a more rational relationship between the number of councillors in an area and the population there. Photograph: Eric Luke

The prospect of electoral boundary revisions inevitably causes a flutter among our politicians. The publication on Thursday of the Local Electoral Are(...)