Minister For Health James Reilly: care had to be taken with legislation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

MARIE O’HALLORAN Minister for Health James Reilly has defended the delay in the passage of legislation to prevent smoking in ve(...)

In Wicklow town  property transactions were up 102 per cent on 2012 according to Sherry FitzGerald. Photograph: Eric Luke

The population of Co Wicklow is now at its highest level since 1841. For nearly a century the population had been half the figure cited in the (...)

Prof John Crown: said he was very troubled by a central message of the report on the deaths of babies at Portlaoise hospital.  Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A call has been made to ensure Taoiseach Enda Kenny raises the issue of the undocumented Irish and immigration re(...)

John O’Donoghue: former ceann comhairle also served as a minister in two Fianna Fáil governments. Photograph: David Sleator

Can Fianna Fáil’s John O’Donoghue be stopped by the party nationally from securing a nomination to contest the next general election in the new Kerry (...)

 Senator Mark Daly (centre) wants properties being sold by or on behalf of Nama, the world’s largest property management company, to be listed on a website.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Nama properties and loans should be sold by tender or public auction in the same way as State assets, the Seanad has heard. Fianna Fáil Senator Mark D(...)

The National Management Agency (Nama) is under Garda investigation, Fianna Fail senator Darragh O’Brien has claimed.Mr O’Brien told the Seanad today h(...)

Marc MacSharry: “It would do a great service in increasing the usefulness of the Oireachtas and would help to connect people with Europe, which we have never achieved.”

Marc MacSharry (FF) called for greater scrutiny of EU directives and regulations.He said that last year there were 53 Acts of the Oireachtas and 590 (...)

Senator Katherine Zappone, who has called for the Taoiseach to address the Seanad within a month on his plans for reform. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A call has been made for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to address the Seanad within a month on his plans for reform of the Dáil and Upper House.Taoiseach’s nom(...)

There was widespread criticism of the two ballot papers which seemed to have caused confusion among voters in 6,000 centres. The ballot papers made reference only to the 32nd and 33rd amendments to the Constitution without stating in full the propositions. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Voting has closed in the two referendums on the abolition of the Seanad and a new Court of Civil Appeal. Turnout was low across the country and will s(...)

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(...)

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