President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins told El Salvador’s president Mauricio Funes that the Irish people knew well from the Northern Ireland peace process of the need “to understand the tasks of ethical memory”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has drawn parallels between the conflicts in El Salvador and Northern Ireland on his first visit to the Latin American cou(...)

Michael McDowell: turned down the offer of a seat in the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson

Have you actually read the Bill to permanently abolish Seanad Éireann before voting on it? It isn’t a simple textual excision of one of the two Houses(...)

Fine Gael parliamentary party chairman Charlie Flanagan

Fine Gael parliamentary party chairman Charlie Flanagan has called on the Government to follow through on one of his party’s pre-election promises to (...)

Former minister Michael McDowell who said today: ‘Politics is the process that we as citizens choose it to be. We should not cannibalise the Constitution in the name of reform.’

Ireland is not a “failed state” and its people should not accept phoney reform in abolishing the Seanad, former minister for justice Michael McDowell (...)