Eamonn Coughlan: The Seanad’s own former Olympic athlete sent his best wishes to soon-to-be octogenarian Ronnie Delany. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was a sparsely attended session of Leaders’ Questions. But above in the offices of Government TDs, the photocopiers were working overtime. As the C(...)

 Minister for Children James Reilly said the move should protect children from starting to smoke. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Legislation to use plain packaging on tobacco and cigarette packets has been passed by the Seanad, making Ireland the first country in the EU and the(...)

The danger within: the survival rate for lung-cancer patients has increased from 10 per cent to 15 per cent. Illustration: Sciepro/SPL/Getty

We’ve got cancer licked. More and more people are getting cancer. Lifestyle plays a big role. Actually, it’s more down to luck.You don’t have to look (...)

Twenty medical consultants gave up private practice last year  because of rapidly rising cost of indemnity cover, an Oireachtas committee has been told

Twenty medical consultants gave up private practice last year and more are expected to do so this year because of the rapidly rising cost of indemnity(...)

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said: “Some comments made previously earlier on in the week by a colleague of mine were unnecessary and probably silly, to be frank - you know, lecturing people as regards the consequences of what happens if they don’t pass this legislation.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government had a comfortable Seanad majority of 31 to 26 in the first vote on the Water Services Bill, with the support of four Independents.Senat(...)

Katherine Zappone: said every Senator could highlight statistics in their own community, and there were 173 people homeless in the South County Dublin Council area

More than 160 homeless people are living “in the shadow of Leinster House”, the Seanad heard following the death of homeless man John Corrie (43) on (...)

Prof John Crown: spoke of number of people he knew who had died through self-harm. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Independent Senator Prof John Crown said he personally knew of 14 people who had died through self-harm.“These included a few nurses, medical student(...)

Campaign: an Ebola awareness mural in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph: John Moore/Getty
Why Ebola is winning

Finger-pointing, conspiracy theories, barely repressed panic and many more dead bodies: the battle against Ebola isn’t going well. As Ireland starts t(...)

‘While endless columns and air time are sacrificed to fulminations over the McNulty fiasco, the would-be stroke that has reduced the Oireachtas to an orgiastic lather can be reduced to one small and boring fact: Enda Kenny’s contempt for the Seanad.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

There are times when Prof Morgan Kelly’s dismissive description of this State as “tiny and boring” is annoyingly apt. Our political dramas are small a(...)

Seagulls above the boardwalk on Dublin’s quays. It could be argued that the city’s seagulls are more highly evolved than those in other parts of the country. Photograph: The Irish Times

Seagulls, is it? It must be frustrating to be a Senator intent on getting loads of work done and trying to reform the system from within. You toil day(...)