Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

Lynn Ruane, president of Trinity College Students Union, with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

NUI Former minister for justice Michael McDowell was the first to be elected to the Seanad on the National University of Ireland panel. He was elec(...)

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad and two other ex-TDs who lost their Dáil seats are also expected to win in the Upper(...)

Composer Shaun Davey created the new orchestral work with poet Paul Muldoon. Photograph: Barry Cronin

One Hundred Years a Nation, a new orchestral and choral work to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising has received its world premiere. Thousands (...)

Averil Power concedes defeat in the Dublin Bay North count at general election 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has given his support to former Fianna Fáil, now Independent, Seantor Averil Power in the Seanad elections. Mr Varad(...)

Sinn Féin party whip, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD with Louise O’Reilly TD present Sinn Féin’s submission on political reform to the All-Party Oireachtas Committee at Leinster House. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Sinn Féin has said it will press for the introduction of universal voting rights in the new Seanad, which will be elected next month. Aengus Ó Snoda(...)

Jack Chambers, who was elected as a Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin West, has been attacked over his appearance and his views on abortion. Photograph: Alan Betson

Around the time of voting day in the general election, Jack Chambers did a strange thing. He stopped posting messages on Twitter and Facebook and swit(...)

What is needed now is for politicians, particularly the leadership of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, to be big and imaginative enough to think outside the box. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It is not as difficult as they all seem to think to get a stable and workmanlike government based on the results of the general election. They just ne(...)

Renua  failed to elect one any candidates, including Lucinda Creighton, viewed as one of the most recognisable and vocal TDs against abortion.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

It won’t go unnoticed amongst marriage equality campaigners that several candidates who were to the fore during last year’s referendum failed to get e(...)

Jerry Buttimer, Fine Gael’s deputy campaign director for the marriage referendum who revealed he was gay in 2012, was ousted in Cork South -Central

Many liberal standard-bearers lost their seats in the general election, which took place less than a year after the groundbreaking same-sex marriage r(...)