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(...)

Senator Denis O’Donovan: said that as politicians, they should feel a great shame at what happened to  Louise  O’Keeffe

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn should make “an appropriate and abject apology’’ to Louise O’Keeffe, Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan told t(...)

The scene of destruction at Lahinch promenade, west Clare, where massive walls and quarter-tonne wall cappings were tossed across the carpark during the storm. Photograph: Press 22

Families were forced from their seaside homes as windows and patio doors were blown in by massive waves during stormy conditions yesterday morning.(...)

The Eglinton hostel in Salthill, Galway. Yesterday’s tour, by Senators and academics, of the Great Western hostel in the city centre and the Eglinton was facilitated by the Reception and Integration Agency.

Ireland’s handling of asylum seekers is costing 73 times that of Portugal, due to “inhumane” delays in refugee application decisions, according to a g(...)

 Christopher Coburn and Patrick Lavelle put the finishing touches on the polling station at the Labour Relations Commission on Haddington Road, Dublin .

There was a barely submerged rage against the possible dying of the light among Senators yesterday as the House sat for the last time before today’s r(...)