Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett during an interview by Deaglan De Breadun in his office in Leinster House. Photograph: Frank Miller

While he is currently engaged in a row with Sinn Féin, there are few in the 31st Dáil who have been spared the sharp tongue and sometimes short temper(...)

A screengrab of the RTÉ Prime Tim debate on the future of the Seanad. (Left to right) Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton, moderator Miriam O’Callaghan and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.

The abolition of the Seanad would improve the Irish political system as it would shift the full focus of politics to a chamber elected by all the citi(...)

“Dublin will remain a three-seater in the new dispensation, comprising the local administrative areas of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin and the city of Dublin.”

A radical recasting of European Parliament constituencies will be made in advance of next year’s election after a report from an independent Constitue(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has said material is being leaked to the media to blacken his name. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has said material is being leaked to the media to blacken his name in the ongoing controversy over the appointment of a n(...)

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has claimed that media leaks about his involvement in the appointment of a new Dail Clerk represent an attempt to blacken his name. Screengrab: Dáil

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has claimed that media leaks about his involvement in the appointment of a new Dáil Clerk represent an attempt to blacken(...)

Reform Alliance members Lucinda Creighton and Billy Timmons photographed outside Buswells Hotel at the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

On one of his very rare one-on-one media interviews on RTE’s Morning Ireland yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny gave a lesson in political ambivalence th(...)

Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly and Justice Elizabeth Dunne, chairperson of the Referendum Commission at a press conference in Dublin today. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The referendum on the proposal to abolish the Seanad will involve some 40 changes to the Constitution, the chairwoman of the Referendum Commission has(...)

Kieran Coughlan pictured with Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tributes have been paid to secretary general and clerk of the Dáil Kieran Coughlan who has retired after 40 years in Leinster House.Mr Coughlan was de(...)

The Government has dismissed claims by pro-Seanad campaigners that it is overstating the potential savings to be made by closing the Upper House

The Government has dismissed claims by pro-Seanad campaigners that it is overstating the potential savings to be made by closing the Upper House. At (...)

High Court judge High Court  Elizabeth Dunne who has been nominated to chair the Referendum Commission for the autumn ballot on a Court of Appeal.

High Court judge Elizabeth Dunne has been nominated to chair the Referendum Commission for the autumn ballot on a Court of Appeal. Judge Dunne, who wa(...)