Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. In 2011 Senators resisted his attempts to get long-standing Senators to stand down

The prospect of a minority government failing to control the new Seanad could influence Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to consider a coalition deal, source(...)

Boxer Katie Taylor: Olympic champion is due to address the I Wish conference in Cork, which aims to encourage more women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dublin City University will host its second annual business matchmaker next week, but this Wednesday is the last day to register. More than 150 peopl(...)

Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik described retiring Senator Feargal Quinn as “a model for us in terms of his activity and immense contribution to the Seanad over those years”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Seanad adjourned indefinitely after tributes were paid to retiring Senators and voters were praised for retaining the Upper House in the referend(...)

Senator Jim Walsh (FF): “In circumstances where a [deceased] baby like that has not been taken from the [late] mother during an autopsy, families might still wish to have that unborn baby recognised in its own right as an individual.’’

An unborn child who dies in a car crash should be recognised as an individual, Fianna Fáil Senator Jim Walsh has said. He said an unborn baby who die(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney (right): said rural people could see the impact of Government policies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Claims by Fianna Fáil Senators that the Government has abandoned rural Ireland led to sharp exchanges. Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly said some 20 GP(...)

A woman cycles past a marriage equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Same-sex couples already in civil partnerships will face a reduced fee if they decide to marry, the Government announced on Wednesday, as it agreed th(...)

Laws to allow for same sex marriage are to be considered by Cabinet this morning. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Cabinet has given its approval to the Bill that will allow for same-sex marriage in the State. The Government said the legislation should be pass(...)

Minister of State  Seán Sherlock has been leading the Irish delegation at the Geneva-based UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A referendum on abortion must be held to ensure women and girls in Ireland can fully realise their economic, social and cultural rights, a UN Committ(...)

Senator Averil Power claimed Fianna Fáil failed to launch a sufficiently strong canvass in support of the same-sex marriage referendum, and was critical of the party leadership before resigning last month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to reshuffle some Seanad portfolios in the wake of the resignation of Senator Averil Power from the party. Senato(...)

Senator Averil Power gets a hug after announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fáil party  outside Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Micheál Martin breezed into Dublin Castle on Saturday afternoon in high spirits. And why not? The Fianna Fáil leader had backed the right horse in the(...)