Independent Senator Averil Power and Leo Varadkar: the Minister has endorsed Power  in the forthcoming TCD Seanad elections 2016. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Q - When is an independent not an independent? A - When he or she is a member of Fine Gael. Businessman and entrepreneur Seán Melly, who is runni(...)

Joan Burton: “I think the fears described in that report belong a little to that difficult period we have moved out of.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said a report stating there is a perception many public servants worked in privileged employment was inaccurate and out of da(...)

Seventy-five civil servants died in service over the past two years, with almost 7,000 having been bereaved over the same period. File photograph: Getty Images

Civil servants are afraid to admit they work in the public service because of perceptions they are privileged and cosseted, a new survey has found. (...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane, pictured with party leader Gerry Adams, said a Department of Social Protection form showed clear bias towards financial institutions. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

The withdrawal of social protection transactions would put post offices under threat, Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell said. She told the Seanad socia(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell, who became an Independent member of the Seanad in its byelection last year, has twice applied to a  group of five Independent Senators but has twice been rebuffed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

It seems the first ever group for Independent Senators is not open to all non-aligned Senators - but only those who meet its approval. Gerard Craughw(...)

The Institute of Guidance Councillors has welcomed plans to award “compensatory” CAO points to students who score below the existing 40 per cent pass (...)

Peter Cassells, chair of advisory group on third-level funding. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Alternatives to higher education must be developed for school leavers to alleviate the financial pressure on universities and institutes of technology(...)

Sen Ronan Mullen: said some babies diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities went on to live for months and even years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There were heated exchanges in the Seanad when Independent Ronan Mullen criticised the abortion Bill defeated in the Dáil on Tuesday.The Bill, introdu(...)

Triumphant: Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

As Irish radio personalities enjoy some post-Christmas downtime and look back on 2014, one presenter in particular might enjoy dusting off a copy of A(...)