Alan Kelly: A huge distinction was being made “between those who can’t pay and those who won’t”. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Seanad debate on the controversial Water Services Bill will resume on Monday after more than 16 hours of debate ended early on Saturday. During th(...)

Minister for Tourism Pascal Donoghue: Photograph: Eric Luke

The tourism picture for this year was described as “positive’’ by Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe. He told the Seanad that CSO figures showed th(...)

Ivana Bacik said she welcomed the “positive news’’ that Ireland had been invited to participate in the British Armistice day event. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú said it would not be helpful to have a politically divisive debate on the centenary celebration of the 1916 Risin(...)

 A group of asylum seekers from the Eglinton direct provision centre Salthill, Galway,  who gathered to speak to Irish Times journalist Carl O’Brien in Galway recently. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In classic Government understatement, a confidential document described Ireland’s direct provision system as “not ideal”. The same document adds, howe(...)

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has asked the party’s TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election. He will (...)

A rally outside the Dáil  protests about the proposed  changes to the Leader scheme, centralising control of rural development in new local government structures. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Up to 2,500 people from across the State protested outside Leinster House today at plans to change the way a key rural development fund is managed.(...)

 Susan O’Keeffe and Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government Seanad leader Maurice Cummins has described the selection of two Opposition Senators for the banking inquiry committee as a “democratic de(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Eamon Gilmore once played the beautiful game called democracy. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: got their way with the Oireachtas Committee

Day one of World Cup 2014, and before a ball was kicked or a beer cracked open we were already embroiled in a match-fixing scandal. And to think we on(...)

 Pope Francis:   Mr Norris  referred to Pope Francis’s links with Ireland and said he was partially educated at Milltown Park in Dublin. Photograph: EPA/Fabio Frustaci

A formal request to Pope Francis to visit Ireland moved a step closer after the Seanad unanimously agreed a motion inviting hi(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone: “I stand here as a married wo
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A freedom of expression audit of the Broadcasting Act and the Defamation Act is necessary, the Seanad has heard during a debat(...)