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(...)

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An Post and UK operator, Camelot, have won the licence to run the National Lottery under a new 20-year contract that will allow for a greater shift(...)

Series of Seanad tributes to Seamus Heaney, a “wordsmith of monumental and global proportions”.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan described the late Seamus Heaney as “Ireland’s supreme cultural ambassador” in a series of Seanad tributes.Heaney’s w(...)

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(...)

Hildegarde Naughton: Seanad newcomer. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The nomination by Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Galway West councillor Hildegarde Naughton as a Senator has been described as “vindictive” and a misuse of (...)

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(...)