“We know from the divorce and marriage equality campaigns that, in order to be passed, the effect of a referendum must be clearly spelt out in advance – people need to know what they are voting for.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

We need to repeal the Eighth Amendment. This amendment, passed in 1983, has cast a blight over an entire generation – our generation, too young to hav(...)

Senator David Norris: “It is a very serious charge and was leaked, I presume, by the Garda . . . it is very shocking stuff’’

Senators have strongly condemned the publication of a newspaper article on a Garda investigation into alleged abuse by a former minister. Independent(...)

Jimmy Deenihan: “It is abundantly clear that this House stands four square behind the French people in its time of national crisis”

The Seanad hit the right note. Dáil Éireann made a meal out of the occasion. Although to be fair to a lot of TDs, this was the Government’s idea. (...)

Almost 600 members of the Irish theatre community gathered at the Abbey Theatre on Thursday afternoon to lobby for equality for women working in the a(...)

Senator David Norris: “It is a little ironic that this was stopped by a combination of the Roman Catholic hierarchy and the DUP – strange bedfellows indeed”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Senators have expressed disappointment at the Democratic Unionist Party’s decision to block gay marriage but welcomed the vote by the Northern Ireland(...)

Senator David Norris: said the byelection  to fill Jimmy Harte’s seat was a  “complete farce with only 100 voters”

Seanad leader Maurice Cummins has told the Upper House there are at least four months to go before a general election. Mr Cummins said they had 28 Bi(...)

Choice reading: Robert F Kennedy – author of Thirteen Days, chosen by Micheál Martin – in the Oval Office with his brother President John F Kennedy in 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Photograph: Art Rickerby/Life/Getty

In August 2008 David Cameron handed out a list of recommended reading to his fellow Conservative Party MPs before the House of Commons recesssed for i(...)

Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Darragh O’Brien has called for the intervention of Minister for Health Leo Varadkar into the case of his constituent Colm Callaghan, who “requires life saving medical attention and an operation that is only available in Canada”.

A health insurer has been accused of attempting to “backslide” on lifesaving surgery for an eligible customer because of the €200,000 cost. Fianna Fái(...)

Jillian van Turnhout, Alliance chief executive, and Dr Nóirín Hayes, chairperson of the Children’s Rights Alliance. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

People are still being imprisoned for non-payment of fines because legislation first passed five years ago to allow payment by instalment has not yet(...)

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 (...)