Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik described retiring Senator Feargal Quinn as “a model for us in terms of his activity and immense contribution to the Seanad over those years”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Seanad adjourned indefinitely after tributes were paid to retiring Senators and voters were praised for retaining the Upper House in the referend(...)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly has promised a new government strategy for the private rented sector if Labour is re-elected. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A new government strategy for managing the private rented sector would be proposed by the Labour Party if it is re-elected, Minister for the Environme(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny:  “Just because an election is on the way doesn’t mean that you’re going to have a rash of endless promises that cannot be met,” he said without the hint of a smirk. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

Enda wasn’t making a joke. Even if everyone else was laughing. The Taoiseach was talking about those twin sisters, Competence and Prudence. (Competenc(...)

Fianna Fáil candidate Paschal Mooney: said he was glad the parties in the North had seen a little bit of reality. Photograph: Collins

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan has warned against exaggerating the significance of the new Stormont deal. He said he would give it a cautious we(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly in Phibsborough, Dublin, as they unveiled the housing package after months of discussion between the two departments. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Housing charities have given a guarded welcome to the Government’s rent control package, but warned more needs to be done to help those most vulnerabl(...)

Senator Mary White called for an increase on the inheritance tax threshold. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There were claims in the Seanad of “extreme communism” in a row over the inheritance tax threshold. Fianna Fáil Senator Mary White called for an inc(...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, a barrister and academic, said her family circumstances had changed when asked by The Irish Times why she had ruled herself out of her party’s upcoming selection convention.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has confirmed she will not attempt to contest the general election in the Dún Laoghaire constituency, where she was former (...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and Tanaiste Joan Burton at the Labour Party conference at Killarney on Saturday morning . Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he is not ruling out introducing legislation to deal with the high cost of rental accommodation.“We n(...)

Threshold chairwoman Aideen Hayden has said the Government must introduce a strategy on private rented housing to prevent “economic evictions”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Poor regulation and loopholes in legislation have resulted in a private rented sector that is “not fit for purpose” Senator Aideen Hayden, Threshold c(...)

The Department of the Environment projections that revised planning legislation to deliver 4,000 social housing units by 2020 have been described as “pie in the sky” by the construction industry.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Department of the Environment projections that revised planning legislation to deliver 4,000 social housing units by 2020 have been described as “pie (...)