Senator Katherine Zappone: said the three-day rule regarding part-time work simply did not correspond to the reality of people’s lives. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The three-day rule covering availability for work with regard to the Jobseeker’s Allowance was criticised in the Seanad by Independent Katherine Zapp(...)

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys, who said the amendment was practical and reasonable. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister of State Kevin Humphreys accepted the principle of a Seanad amendment to have the legislation recognising the identity of transgender people(...)

Transgender woman Dr Lydia Foy, who led the legal challenges on gender recognition in Ireland, has welcomed the Bill, but has said it includes ‘unnecessary obstacles’. File photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Leading human rights lawyers have described the Government’s gender recognition Bill as “flawed” and “very disappointing” and have urged that it be br(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone:  said it  was regrettable it had taken successive Irish governments more than 20 years to legislate for gender recognition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The formal recognition of the identity of transgender people was a mark of the growing maturity of Irish society, Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Sean(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone (centre) with members, supporters and campaigners for the transgender community (from left) Barbra Fay, Sara Phillips, Dr Fergus Ryan, Dr Lydia Foy, Sam and Deirdre Blanckensee and Victoria Mullen at Leinster House. Photograph:  Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Transgender rights campaigners have called for amendments to be made to the Gender Recognition Bill as the legislation starts being debated in the Sea(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar should be congratulated on his announcement – and left to get on with his job. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s decision to disclose that he is gay is an important personal choice for him but it is also a political moment, as n(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Miriam O’Callaghan in RTÉ yesterday when he announced he is gay. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 2:23

Leo Varadkar is nothing if not frank. “I am a gay man, it’s not a secret, but not something that everyone would necessarily know, but isn’t somethi(...)

 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(...)

Cathaoirleach  Paddy Burke of Fine Gael holds the casting vote in the Seanad. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government looks increasingly likely to win the crucial Seanad vote on the Water Services Bill this evening. At least three of the Independent Sen(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton: the vote was “a mark of the progress that has taken place in this country in recent years and decades, and indicates the extent to which attitudes to lesbian and gay people have changed”.

The same-sex marriage referendum, as well as the vote to reduce the age for presidential candidates and a pending Dáil byelection, is likely to be hel(...)