Cathaoirleach  Paddy Burke of Fine Gael holds the casting vote in the Seanad. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government looks increasingly likely to win the crucial Seanad vote on the Water Services Bill this evening. At least three of the Independent Sen(...)

‘The Irish Times’ has been named Newspaper of the Year by the ’Tonight with Vincent Browne’ show on TV3

The Irish Times has been named Newspaper of the Year by the Tonight with Vincent Browne show on TV3. It is the second year in a row the paper has won (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  “If the Seanad does reject the Water Services Bill, the existing arrangements apply.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government is uncertain of the voting intentions of some Senators nominated by the Taoiseach as it prepares for crucial votes on water charges leg(...)

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.(...)