Senator David Norris: disgraceful to claim that the Government was anti-child. There was an “offensive and bullying’’ tone involved in the criticism. Photograph: David Norris

Following more than 120 amendments and as many days of debate the Children and a Family Relationship Bill has passed in the Seanad.Senators, along wit(...)

Senator Jim Walsh opposes some 35 sections of the legislation.

There were heated exchanges in the Seanad over proposals that donor-assisted human reproduction should be confined to married mother-and-father coupl(...)

Senator Jim Walsh is understood to be opposed to 36 sections of the Children and Family Relationships Bill

Fianna Fáil Senator Jim Walsh has resigned from Fianna Fáil over his opposition to the Children and Family Relationships Bill.The Bill extends the de(...)

A diesel-laundering operation in Co Monaghan.

A group of parliamentarians from Ireland and Britain witnessed 12 diesel laundering “fronts” in operation during a recent visit to the Border betwe(...)

The group Mothers and Fathers Matter gather outside Leinster House to mark the presentation of The Children and Family Relationships Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Children and Family Relationships Bill was finally signed off at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting and received a broad welcome across the political spe(...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins:  said his party would be engaging in “a very robust campaign around the country” and was “fully behind”  the Yes vote. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The plinth hit a purple patch in the afternoon. What happened verged on the historic – even if we’re getting a bit blasé in the milestone department t(...)

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”(...)