Senator David Norris: “It is a very serious charge and was leaked, I presume, by the Garda . . . it is very shocking stuff’’

Senators have strongly condemned the publication of a newspaper article on a Garda investigation into alleged abuse by a former minister. Independent(...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik: ‘I wonder why Fianna Fáil privatised Aer Lingus in 2006. I wonder why Fianna Fáil got rid of the government’s controlling share.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael Senator Martin Conway expressed reservations about the Aer Lingus sale. “Any sale of Aer Lingus would have significant implications f(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan: “We have the worst record per 100,000 farmers. In the UK they have about 60 per cent of our deaths and throughout Europe it’s only about 50 per cent.” File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The GAA should appoint a national farm safety officer in a bid to reduce the incidence of farm accidents, a report from the Seanad public consultation(...)

Sen Denis O’Donovan: “The issue of a vacancy of a seat here is a matter for the Seanad.’’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A further attempt by Fianna Fáil to have Taoiseach Enda Kenny answer questions on the byelection controversy in the Seanad failed yesterday. De(...)

Senator Eamonn Coghlan: “Let us not have an Irish solution to an Irish problem.” Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Licensing laws covering events such as the Garth Brooks concerts should be sorted out, Fine Gael Senator Eamonn Coghlan said. Issues arising in the n(...)

Licensing laws covering events like the Garth Brooks concerts should be sorted out, the Seanad heard tonight. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Licensing laws covering events like the Garth Brooks concerts should be sorted out, Fine Gael Senator Eamon Coghlan said.He said issues arising in the(...)

Garth Brooks: Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone said, “We do not want to discourage artists like Garth Brooks from coming to Ireland but it takes a rare case to highlight the inadequacies in a system.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A call has been made for legislation on licensing concerts to be amended to ensure a licence be obtained before tickets go on sale where events invol(...)

James Reilly: ‘With us being the first country in Europe to do this, smuggling would be extremely difficult because they are different from everything else that is available in Europe.’ Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Smuggling cigarettes would be extremely difficult in Ireland once plain packaging was introduced because they would look very different from everythi(...)

 Senator David Norris: told Seanad that Minister for Justice has “an inability to resist the temptation to smear anybody who gets in his way”.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Independent Senator David Norris said the controversy surrounding Minister for Justice Alan Shatter was like a Greek drama. “H(...)

 Ivana Bacik: costs could be minimised by using existing District Court structures and procedures, and by limiting the pilot court to offenders who pleaded guilty to summary offences only. Photogaph: Cyril Byrne

The Cabinet has accepted a proposal from Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to establish a pilot community court in Dublin city centre(...)