Katherine Zappone: said every Senator could highlight statistics in their own community, and there were 173 people homeless in the South County Dublin Council area

More than 160 homeless people are living “in the shadow of Leinster House”, the Seanad heard following the death of homeless man John Corrie (43) on (...)

Ivana Bacik said she hoped colleagues across the House would join her in condemning the violence and acts of criminality that arose during certain protests over the weekend and since. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan described as “heavy-handed thuggery’’ the treatment of the Taoiseach and Tánaiste at public protests.“I do not car(...)

A  parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter rising in 2006

The parade to commemorate the centenary of the Rising in 2016 should not be over-militaristic, Labour Senator Ivana Bacik has said. “I was very struck(...)

 Sarah Benson, chief executive of   Ruhama, said that of the 219 women who presented for casework support last year, 83 had been trafficked here.  Photograph: Maura Hickey.

A “national conversation” on how best to support women in prostitution and tackle sex trafficking is needed, the chairwoman of the main charity workin(...)

Ivana Bacik: the issue of adult dependent children “is particularly pressing”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik said greater clarity on water charges was long overdue. “The issue of adult dependent children is particularly pressing, b(...)

Ivana Bacik said she welcomed the “positive news’’ that Ireland had been invited to participate in the British Armistice day event. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú said it would not be helpful to have a politically divisive debate on the centenary celebration of the 1916 Risin(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry: said the Taoiseach “has a responsibility to this House, as a democratic institution of the State, and we are entitled to answers’’

A Fianna Fáil demand that Taoiseach Enda Kenny answer questions in the Seanad on the byelection controversy was rejected in a House vote yesterday.F(...)

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys staunchly defended her nomination of Fine Gael Seanad byelection candidate John McNulty to the Imma board amid trenchant opposition criticism and some Labour Party concern. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government was sharply criticised in the Seanad in a row over the appointment of a Fine Gael Seanad byelection candidate to the board of the Ir(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik said the proposals in the Life Free From Fear report  represent ‘a new departure for our criminal law’ because they would involve ‘criminalising motivation’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Labour Senator and legal academic Ivana Bacik says she hopes proposals for new laws on hate crime will be adopted by Government.She was launching a ne(...)

Labour Senator and legal academic Ivana Bacik, who will launch the Life Free From Fear report today, said the study showed hate crime was a “very real phenomenon in Ireland today”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland urgently needs new laws to protect vulnerable communities from hate crime, according to a report being launched today by University of Limeric(...)