Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

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(...)

Sinn Féin party whip, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD with Louise O’Reilly TD present Sinn Féin’s submission on political reform to the All-Party Oireachtas Committee at Leinster House. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Sinn Féin has said it will press for the introduction of universal voting rights in the new Seanad, which will be elected next month. Aengus Ó Snoda(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell:  says the officer was placed 11th in the order of merit, with the top nine applicants promoted. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Defence may seek advice from the Attorney General before making a decision on a controversial Army promotion procedure. Minister o(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: theatrical wink towards Dáil press gallery. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

The Taoiseach isn’t sure the Heritage Bill will beat the legislative clock. “I can’t give you a guarantee it will be dealt with finally and fully bef(...)

Shane Ross was among a quartet of TDs who met lawyers on Tuesday to assess whether the brand Independent can appear on the ballot paper. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Independent Alliance has received legal advice on whether Independents can be recognised on the ballot paper. TDs Shane Ross, Michael Fitzmaurice,(...)

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(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell: “Thousands of subcontractors have gone out of business.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Legislation to ensure prompt payments to subcontractors in the construction industry has still not been implemented, two years after it was signed in(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has ordered that a byelection be held to fill the Seanad seat vacated by Labour’s Jimmy Harte.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has ordered that a byelection be held to fill the Seanad seat vacated by Labour’s Jimmy Harte. Mr Harte, who (...)

Shane Ross: ‘We are an identifiable group standing together with a common name.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At least 22 candidates will run for the Independent Alliance in the next general election, including former Green Party deputy Paul Gogarty. Mr(...)