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(...)

Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik has  commended a social worker who “blew the whistle on the appalling extent of the abuse and the numbers of children who may have been affected”  in a foster home in the southeast. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Evidence of reckless endangerment may surface in the case of abuse in a foster home in the southeast, Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik has told the Se(...)

 Senator David Norris: “I always assume my phone is tapped” and “that somebody is listening”.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has has said the question of phones being tapped is always raised in connection with journalists but never for priva(...)

L-R: Louise Bruton, Alan O’Neill, Ellie Kisyombe, Lynn Ruane. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lynn Ruane Student and equality activism Ruane rose to prominence when she was elected president of Trinity College Students Union in February 2015. (...)

Simon Harris, Minister of the year: he’s been impressively combatant, competent and confident all year. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Lovely Boy Competition: Micheál Martin The Fianna Fáil leader sashays away with our coveted tiara following a delightful performance in Cork last we(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: acknowledged criticisms by  Ivana Bacik and  Trevor Ó Clochartaigh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A call has been made for gardaí to detain and deport “undesirable people” entering the State. Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney made the call duri(...)

Lynn Ruane with Róisín Ingle of the Irish Times on her election as president of TCD students’ union. Photograph: The Irish Times

Lynn Ruane, a single mother from Tallaght who left school at 15 and was elected president of Trinity College Dublin’s students union earlier this year(...)

Dr Eoin Daly of NUI Galway said arguments citing “constitutional barriers to change and reform” in the area of religion in schools “have been overstated”. File photograph: Getty Images

The Constitution was being used in a “bogus” way to allow State-funded schools discriminate on the basis of religion, a leading expert on constitution(...)

 A wing of St Patrick’s Institution in Dublin. The detention centre is to shut its doors 30 years after its closure was first recommend. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Thirty years after its closure was recommended “the finishing school for bullying and developing criminal skills” is to finally shut its doors once le(...)

Fine Gael Seanad leader Maurice Cummins: “I question why the Bill was published in the first place when so many amendments have been produced”

Government leaders in the Seanad have criticised the Department of Justice for rushing legislation and making amendments immediately after publicatio(...)