Mary O’Rourke: has not yet been formally asked to sit on the working group for Seanad reform but says she would be “very open” to it. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is to appoint a working group comprising former senators and people outside politics to make recommendations within three months on ho(...)

Paul, Matthew, Zoe, Ryan, Lèon and Amy Fox enjoy the banks of the river Moy in Ballina, Co Mayo. Paul and Lèon moved there from Dublin in 2004 when they were starting their family

Ask Padraig McKeon where he is from and the reply is immediate: “Sligo,” he says without a moment’s hesitation, although he hasn’t lived in the county(...)

Restore Our Palace Road Group members (from front) Leo Moran Tom Niland, Cllr Shaun Cunniffe, Connie Goss, Steve Lane, Eleanor Joyce and Andy Newman beside the car park at O’Toole’s SupeValu in Tuam. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Leo Moran never quite thought of himself as a latter-day Woody Guthrie. Musician with the Saw Doctors and, lately, the Cabin Collective, he has(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone said the group’s reform proposals could be achieved by way of legislation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Six principles to reform the Seanad will be put forward today by the group Democracy Matters, which successfully opposed its abolition in last year’s (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny holds a copy of the Constitution at the RHA in Dublin at the official launch of Fine Gael’s campaign for a Yes vote in the Seanad abolition referendum. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A hallmark of the focus on the Seanad during the referendum campaign was a clear recognition that it needed reform. The public by their vote recognise(...)

Bovale brothers: Michael and Tom Bailey – Ms Justice Finlay Geoghegan ruled earlier this week that the brothers were “guilty of fraud in relation to Bovale and a creditor, namely, the Revenue Commissioners, by reason of the systematic scheme of false accounting”

The ongoing dealings between the State and brothers Thomas and Michael Bailey, of Bovale Developments, bring into sharp focus the concerns that have l(...)

Ivana Bacik
What Mandela meant to me

Ivana Bacik Senator and academicI think Nelson Mandela has had an immense impact on the world. He has been a shining example of the power of forgivene(...)

High hopes: Michael McDowell erecting a poster in Ranelagh. New parties aspire to break the mould, but the mould has proven surprisingly resistant. Photograph: Frank Miller

It’s happening again. A passing exchange of pleasantries between Lucinda and Michael in a coffee shop is enough to make a news splash on the likely fo(...)

 Micheál Martin TD, with Sen Sean Barrett, and Michael McDowell, SC at the Central Count Centre, in the Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The No vote for abolition of the Seanad “will be a very hard lesson for the Government that you can’t govern by focus group”, according to Democracy M(...)

Michael McDowell and former Green Party minister Eamon Ryan at the count centre in Dublin Castle.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Donegal Labour Senator Jimmy Harte had the best line of the weekend when he called the Seanad Referendum “the costliest after-dinner speech in history(...)