Taoiseach Enda Kenny, his wife Fionnuala Kenny, with  the Taoiseach’s  brother Cllr Henry Kenny and his wife Maureen in Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar.  Photograph: Michael Donnelly

More than 400 of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s closest constituency supporters gathered in a Mayo hotel on Saturday night for a dinner to celebrate the 40(...)

Minister of State  Dara Murphy: he beat Senator Colm Burke by a narrow margin (188 votes to 172) at the recent convention. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Over a dozen long-serving Fine Gael members walked out of a constituency meeting in Cork North Central last week when a supporter of Dara Murphy, M(...)

 Minister for Children James Reilly said the move should protect children from starting to smoke. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Legislation to use plain packaging on tobacco and cigarette packets has been passed by the Seanad, making Ireland the first country in the EU and the(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson has called for a major education programme on the danger of alcohol abuse in secondary schools. Photograph: Getty Images

An all-Ireland approach to reduce alcohol consumption was suggested by Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson.“There is no point in implementing legislat(...)

Imelda Henry will move her Private Member’s Bill, the Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2014, paving the way for the opening of pubs on Good Friday in the Seanad shortly.

Sligo Fine Gael Senator Imelda Henry has said that closing pubs on Good Friday belongs to another era. She said it was a legacy of the past whi(...)

Senator Imelda Henry:  “We are all on the doorsteps and we hear the stories.  It is quite disturbing and very difficult to have any answers.”

Senator Imelda Henry has called on Minister for Health Dr James Reilly to address the Seanad on the withdrawal of medical cards from the ill. Ms Henry(...)

How the Seanad voted on the Thirty-Second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Eireann) Bill 2013, allowing a referendum on the future o(...)

Former mayor of Galway City, Hildegarde Naughton, has been appointed to the Seanad by the Taoiseach. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael councillor Hildegarde Naughton has been appointed to the Seanad by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to fill the vacancy left following the resignation o(...)

Anti-abortion campaigners are offering to vote against the Seanad’s abolition if Senators oppose the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, Fine Gael Senator Imelda Henry has said

Anti-abortion campaigners are offering to vote against the Seanad’s abolition if Senators oppose the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, Fine Ga(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald: Celtic Tiger years saw... a wholly inadequate approach to quality and sustainability.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The breach of childcare standards was the legacy of providing direct cash payments instead of investing in services, Minister for Children Frances Fit(...)