Senator Averil Power proposed the motion following the recent announcement by Sweden that it would recognise Palestine, becoming the 135th country to do so. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Seanad has unanimously accepted a Fianna Fáil motion calling on the Government to formally recognise the state of Palestine. Senator Averil(...)

Ivana Bacik said she welcomed the “positive news’’ that Ireland had been invited to participate in the British Armistice day event. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú said it would not be helpful to have a politically divisive debate on the centenary celebration of the 1916 Risin(...)

Senator Terry Leyden:  has been campaigning for Ivan Connaughton, his party’s candidate in Roscommon-South Leitrim. File Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A Fianna Fáil Senator has criticised The Irish Times for publishing a political opinion poll so close to the two byelections taking place in Roscommon(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘People need to reflect very carefully on some of the commitments and promises which are being made that are completely unachievable.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has responded to Sinn Féin’s surge in the latest Irish Times/Ispos MRBI poll by rubbishing the party’s promises as “unachievable”(...)

Theresa Villiers: is meeting Charlie Flanagan to plan talks involving the British and Irish governments and the North’s five main parties. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The US administration is determined that talks aimed at breaking the political deadlock in Northern Ireland should succeed, Minister for Foreign Affa(...)

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has asked the party’s TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election. He will (...)

Garth Brooks: Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone said, “We do not want to discourage artists like Garth Brooks from coming to Ireland but it takes a rare case to highlight the inadequacies in a system.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A call has been made for legislation on licensing concerts to be amended to ensure a licence be obtained before tickets go on sale where events invol(...)

 Ivana Bacik  said she found it extremely moving, as she was sure her colleagues did, to watch the reports of the speeches given by Mr Higgins and the queen. Photogaph: Cyril Byrne

Senators welcomed the ongoing visit of President Michael D Higgins to Britain. Ivana Bacik (Lab) said she found it extre(...)

 Senator David Norris: told Seanad that Minister for Justice has “an inability to resist the temptation to smear anybody who gets in his way”.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Independent Senator David Norris said the controversy surrounding Minister for Justice Alan Shatter was like a Greek drama. “H(...)

Senator Jim Walsh:  “Can we deal with these dangerous, vicious elements in the gay ideological movement?”

Fianna Fáil Senator Jim Walsh has called for a debate on freedom of speech following threats to members of the Iona Institute. Mr Walsh said Minister (...)