Sen Ronan Mullen: said some babies diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities went on to live for months and even years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There were heated exchanges in the Seanad when Independent Ronan Mullen criticised the abortion Bill defeated in the Dáil on Tuesday.The Bill, introdu(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin hinted this morning he would bid for the vacant Labour Party leadership. Eamon Gilmore annou(...)

Eamon Gilmore speaking at a press conference in Iveagh House, Dublin, this afternoon, during which he announced his resignation as Labour Party leader: Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:58

Eamon Gilmore has announced his resignation as Labour leader in the wake of huge losses for his party at the local and European elections. Mr Gilmore,(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore told a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party he sought reassurances from Mr Shatter that his statement to the Dáil, when he said he only learned of the recording of calls at Garda stations earlier this week, was correct.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Labour Ministers defended Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at a meeting of the parliamen(...)

Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children Jerry Buttimer. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There is no evidence to suggest there is under-reporting of suicide in Ireland or that there’s an escalating rate of suicide, an Oireachtas health (...)

The strength of opinion at the meeting of the Labour parliamentary party was such that Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton arranged an immediate meeting between concerned TDs and Senators and Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte.

There were sharp exchanges at a private meeting of Labour TDs and Senators last night over the post office network, as well as some criticism a(...)

Labour Senator John Gilroy has announced he is withdrawing from the contest to be the party’s candidate in the Ireland South constituency for the European elections.

Labour Senator John Gilroy has announced he is withdrawing from the contest to be the party’s candidate in the Ireland South constituency for t(...)

Former IFA president John Bryan is thought to be keen to split the Ireland South constituency with sitting MEP Seán Kelly if he runs for Fine Gael. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Tense battles are looming between potential candidates in Fine Gael and Labour for their respective European election tickets in the enlarged South co(...)