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(...)

An independent review has recommended that the Abbey Theatre place more emphasis on supporting new Irish writing and less on being a “cultural institu(...)

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(...)

At the unveiling of their portraits in the Abbey  Theatre last night were (from left) playwrights Tom MacIntyre with artist Colin Davidson and Sebastian Barry with artist Mick O’Dea. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Abbey Theatre is seeking to raise more than €1 million a year, mostly from overseas donors, over the coming years. The Abbey is currently seeking (...)

 Senator David Norris: “the Government’s sleight of hand, dishonesty, manipulation, Machiavellian conniving and use of corruption – in every sense of the word – will backfire on it.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

  The Seanad has decided by 33 votes to 25 for legislation to allow a referendum on whether to abolish or retain the Upper House. A(...)

How the Seanad voted on the Thirty-Second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Eireann) Bill 2013, allowing a referendum on the future o(...)

Denis O’Donovan: said that if the Upper House continued at its present pace, it would take 22 12-hour days to get through all the amendments. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Debate about allowing abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormality sparked angry exchanges in the Seanad.The amendment to the Protection of Life Dur(...)

Senator Paul  Bradford: “It is simplistic populism which the people will see through.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael Senator Paul Bradford has described as “a cynical political exercise to win Dáil seats’’ Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s pledge as Opposition lead(...)