Senator Sean Barrett: called for a debate “on what is turning out to be a poll tax”

Water charges are turning into a “poll tax”, Independent Senator Sean D Barrett claimed, as he called for a debate on alternative ways to run Irish W(...)

‘While endless columns and air time are sacrificed to fulminations over the McNulty fiasco, the would-be stroke that has reduced the Oireachtas to an orgiastic lather can be reduced to one small and boring fact: Enda Kenny’s contempt for the Seanad.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

There are times when Prof Morgan Kelly’s dismissive description of this State as “tiny and boring” is annoyingly apt. Our political dramas are small a(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik: “Certainly, it is a matter of grave concern that the agency entrusted with the independent oversight of the Garda Síochána apparently has been subjected to surveillance.”

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik called for a debate on the suspected bugging incidents at the headquarters of the Garda Ombudsman C(...)

’Our aim is to create a forum for a bottom-up debate on the issues that matter,’ Lucinda Creighton writes.

Thanks to all those kind people who took the time to draw my attention to a tweet sent by Gerry Adams on Tuesday. It was a lovely way to start the new(...)

Senator Catherine Noone: “It is hard to take all of this on a continual basis’’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Catherine Noone (FG) accused Fianna Fail of “creating hysteria’’ about medical cards.“This is the same party with the same faces and voices who tried (...)

How the Seanad voted on the Thirty-Second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Eireann) Bill 2013, allowing a referendum on the future o(...)

Kate Adie after she was presented with a certificate of Irish heritage   at a special Waterford Gathering ceremony held in Waterford Castle. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Former BBC Chief News Correspondent, Kate Adie yesterday spoke of her pride at being presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage in recognition (...)