John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil’s senior man in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, has jetted off to the Canaries for a week in the sun as the party’s byelection campaign is getting into gear. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government fired the starting gun for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection on Wednesday. It’s all hands to the pumps for the political parties. E(...)

The working group on Seanad reform chaired by the former leader of the House and current Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, Maurice Manning, has recommended that work begin immediately on legislation to give effect to the recommendations.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

All Irish citizens including emigrants and residents of Northern Ireland should be allowed to vote in Seanad elections according to an official report(...)

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Sinn Féin: said the proposals for Irish citizens living abroad fell far short of what people wanted and deserved. Photograph: Alan Betson

Proposals to extend Seanad voting rights to emigrants and people living in the North are unlikely to be implemented before the election due early nex(...)

NUI chancellor Maurice Manning, chairman of the expert group on Seanad reform. Photograph: Alan Betson

A report believed to recommend radical reform of the Seanad and its electoral system has been presented to Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The report has(...)

Dingle Peninsula: Locals disapprove of An Taisce requesting a review of plans for an upgrade to the N86 road. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 700 people marched in Dingle, Co Kerry, on Saturday to show their disapproval for plans by An Taisce to seek a judicial review of a €65 million u(...)

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(...)