Party figures have cast doubt over recent opinion polls that show Sinn Féin hovering around the mid-20s and claim their own internal polls put the party around 20 per cent. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin is planning on having an election candidate selected in every constituency by next month and is considering running two candidates in a numb(...)

 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(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: “it is important to point out that these media reports do suggest that if such surveillance is being carried out, then it is happening within the UK’s own jurisdiction’’

There was no question of any form of mass surveillance being carried out in Ireland by a British spy agency, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (...)

Gerry Adams TD with from left Mary Lou McDonald TD, MEPs Liadh Ní Riada, Martina Anderson and Lynne Boylan, and  Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For reporters based in Leinster House, a routine assignment is to find out what happened at the weekly parliamentary party meetings. These are meeting(...)

Bridgeen Hagans (centre), fiancée of murdered Belfast man Robert McCartney, with four of his five sisters, Donna, Claire, Catherine and Gemma, in 2005. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Wronged women have brought the republican movement to its knees in the past. In a very different context from the Maíria Cahill case, the heroic siste(...)

Ivana Bacik: said the Minister for Foreign Affairs should be invited to the House when it resumed in September for a debate on the situation in the Middle East

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik said she hoped Ireland would be very active in the coming weeks in promoting a ceasefire on the Gaza Strip.She added that (...)

Ann Marie Hourihane. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

I’m giving up drink. For a month. Starting today. I could not have done this without the generous support of my friends. A drinking friend, who sai(...)

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn’s Bill was for the banning of upward only rent reviews.

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad last night on the eve of the referendum to scrap the Upper House. Ahead of polling(...)

 Senator Feargal Quinn: moved the Private Members’ bill to abolish upward only rent

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad last night in advance of tomorrow’s referendum to abolish the House.Four Labour Senators,(...)

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad tonight in advance of Friday’s referendum to abolish it.Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad tonight in advance of Friday’s referendum to abolish it.Four Labour senators, John Kelly,(...)