Labour Senator John Whelan. Mr Whelan has called for wind farm decibel levels  to be considered in the drafting of new energy regulations.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Decibel levels experienced by people living near wind farms should be considered in the drafting of new regulations, Labour Senator John Whelan has sa(...)

Senator John Whelan: said he was appalled to report to the House that families had been threatened by elements within the Department of Health and the HSE that meagre supports would be withdrawn if they countenanced legal action. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Labour Senator John Whelan has criticised the Government for its attitude to children suffering from narcolepsy.He told the Seanad that Minister for (...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien: takeover bid was “no coincidence”.  Photograph: David Sleator

The State’s 25.1 per cent shareholding in Aer Lingus cannot currently guarantee the retention of the airline’s Heathrow airport slots, Minister for Tr(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: changes ‘more than merely cosmetic’. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

The Government had introduced more reform in the past three years in appointment procedures for State boards than was achieved in the past 90 years, (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says it is regrettable Alexion  has failed  to provide a potentially life-saving drug to Irish patients at a more sustainable price. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Minister for Health has strongly attacked a leading US pharmaceutical company over its “aggressive” pricing policy.Leo Varadkar said it was regre(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘It is regrettable that to date the company has not been able to provide this drug at a more sustainable price to the HSE to reflect the clinical evidence.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The HSE is considering the outcome of talks with a company on the purchase of a drug to treat paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PHN), Minister fo(...)

The Seanad has passed all stages of the Water Services Bill. 2:35

The Water Services Bill has passed all stages in the Seanad, paving the way for its signature by President Michael D Higgins and the introduction of c(...)

Senator John Whelan: said decision on editing podcast was “puzzling”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

RTÉ has said it took an “internal editorial decision” to edit a podcast of its night-time current affairs radio programme The Late Debate to remove an(...)

Terry Leyden: ‘58 members of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party lost their seats’. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Tánaiste says she hoped people would be able to speak more freely to the Oireachtas banking inquiry following the publication of the 2010 letter f(...)

Terry Leyden: “Brian Lenihan was making a last-ditch attempt to burn the bondholders, but that was refused by Mr Trichet who had previously indicated that he would give some concession.” Photographer: Dara MacDónaill

Fianna Fáil Senators have accused then ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet of bullying Ireland into a bailout and programme of austerity in November 201(...)