Professor John Crown said the primary loyalty of any health care provider should be to their patient, not to the system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad yesterday on the Bill providing for free GP care for children under six years.Independent(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone: “I’ve been deeply touched by the rightful anger of people with disabilities who say their love is criminalised.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The law which criminalises the sexual activity of people with intellectual disabilities should be replaced with new “right to love” legislation which (...)

President Micheal D Higgins laying a wreath to honour those who died during the Easter Rising in 1916. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister of State Brian Hayes has said he “fundamentally disagrees” with those who say members of Britain’s royal (...)

Should same-sex couples be allowed to legally marry on an equal basis to opposite-sex couples? This is one of the foremost legal and political (...)

Senator Katherine Zappone speaks on International Women’s Day
Miriam Lord’s Week

Zappone to lead parade in Seattle Senator Katherine Zappone will be wearing the green with pride in her native Seattle this afternoon when she (...)

Senator David Norris: “Nothing could demonstrate more clearly that the Government proposes to invade these seats.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has been accused of preparing for political parties to “invade” the six Seanad’s university seats (...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: Mr Quinn said his Bill, the Upward Only (Clauses and Reviews) Bill 2013, was anything but arbitrary or discriminatory. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government was defeated in the Seanad yesterday in a vote on a Private Members’ Bill to end upward-only rent reviews. The Bill, move(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone with  Dr Ann Louise Gilligan. Should they have to ask heterosexuals’ permission to marry? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When the Children’s Rights referendum was being held in 2012, I took two months off to campaign in favour of it. Many of my friends thought I was d(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone: “I stand here as a married wo
man, married to another woman

. I have travelled beyond the valley of shame and fear.” 


A freedom of expression audit of the Broadcasting Act and the Defamation Act is necessary, the Seanad has heard during a debat(...)

The Bills proposed by Katherine Zappone, among others, have been vetted for constitutional compliance. Photograph: Alan Betson

At one level it is welcome that at least in some political parties and corners of the media a substantial debate has begun on the practicalities of wi(...)