David Norris: company ‘has 2,000 extra passenger workers’. Photograph: Frank Miller

It was extraordinary that Irish Water was talking about bonuses for a “rotten worker”, Independent Senator David Norris said. “The company has 2,000 (...)

Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell: “It’s like saying someone who has a handicapped child should not alert the Senate to the plight of handicapped children.”

Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell, who forced a Seanad vote this week on the financial plight faced by graduate medical students, has confirmed her so(...)

‘While endless columns and air time are sacrificed to fulminations over the McNulty fiasco, the would-be stroke that has reduced the Oireachtas to an orgiastic lather can be reduced to one small and boring fact: Enda Kenny’s contempt for the Seanad.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

There are times when Prof Morgan Kelly’s dismissive description of this State as “tiny and boring” is annoyingly apt. Our political dramas are small a(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she would raise the issue amid lobbying from affected students for a loan relief scheme. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Concern about the high cost of loan repayments for graduate- entry medical students will be discussed by ministers in advance of the budget. Minister(...)

Heavy lifting: Mark Ryan and John Kennedy of the HSA stand at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Alan Betson

Metropolitan sophisticates holding forth on livestock, urbane presenters recalling their rural roots and notables falling over themselves to pay ho(...)

Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell with Patsy McPhillips and other members of the Men’s Shed Monaghan at Leinster House, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Fifteen members of the Men’s Shed Monaghan visited Leinster House yesterday and highlighted the growing phenomenon in Ireland, where there are now som(...)

Minister Frances Fitzgerald: wants Ireland to be a “cold house for child pageants”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Child beauty contests are a theft of childhood, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has told the Seanad.(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has said she wants Ireland to be a “cold house for child pageants”.

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has said she wants Ireland to be a “cold house for child pageants”. Ms Fitzgerald said the very (...)

Mock no more: Liverpool-Irish country star Nathan Carter is the subject of a gushing paean by Marie-Louise O’Donnell

For a long time it was the love that dare not speak its name, but these days it is a ubiquitous lifestyle, and elements of its distinctive culture are(...)

There were 112 proposals made between 1937 and 2013 for the reform of the Seanad, Marie-Louise O’Donnell said

There were 112 proposals made between 1937 and 2013 for the reform of the Seanad, Marie-Louise O’Donnell said.They covered such matters as size and co(...)