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 (...)

Marriage-equality supporters  at Dublin Castle.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Too much. We kept repeating it to each other. By way of a greeting. Instead of ‘hello’ or ‘how’s it going?’ neither of which would cut it on this d(...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik: ‘I wonder why Fianna Fáil privatised Aer Lingus in 2006. I wonder why Fianna Fáil got rid of the government’s controlling share.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael Senator Martin Conway expressed reservations about the Aer Lingus sale. “Any sale of Aer Lingus would have significant implications f(...)

IAG boss Willie Walsh: Labour’s Seanad leader Ivana Bacik said she had made her view clear that she did not agree with the sale of the Government’s stake in Aer Lingus to IAG. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Independent Senator Sean Barrett has warned the Government that it is selling the national airline “for a paltry sum” to a company that provides no s(...)

Pictured, from left, are JP Connolly, Susan Ryder, Chris Gordon, Dr Lorraine Nancy O Brien, Christine Mc Quillan, Mary Grant, and Irish Times ‘trainee’ celebrant Kate Holmquist. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Druid ceremonies, hand-tying, sand-pouring ceremonies, candle-lighting ceremonies, St Brigid’s Well water in chalices, jumping the broom, story-tel(...)

John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil’s senior man in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, has jetted off to the Canaries for a week in the sun as the party’s byelection campaign is getting into gear. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government fired the starting gun for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection on Wednesday. It’s all hands to the pumps for the political parties. E(...)

Former tánaiste and minister for education  Mary Coughlan and former taoiseach Brian Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Soldiers of Destiny are out in force today for their ardfheis in the RDS. They will have a lot to say about the IBRC controversy causing ru(...)

Proposals if implemented likely to result in control of the Seanad slipping out of the hands of the political parties.   Photograph: Alan Betson

The Seanad will be transformed if the recommendations of the working group are accepted by the Government. The key recommendation of the group, chaire(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik with Safe Ireland researcher Simone George and chief executive Sharon O’Halloran at the launch of The Lawlessness of the Home report. The study’s recommendations include making domestic violence a crime, ensuring consistency in the application of the law and making “pockets of good practice” the norm. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The courts need more resources to deal with cases of domestic violence, former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness has said.She was speaking at (...)

Eamonn Coughlan: The Seanad’s own former Olympic athlete sent his best wishes to soon-to-be octogenarian Ronnie Delany. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was a sparsely attended session of Leaders’ Questions. But above in the offices of Government TDs, the photocopiers were working overtime. As the C(...)