Senator Mary Ann O’Brien has accussed the EPA of not “bringing to heel” industrial polluters

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been accused in the Seanad of failing to act as a reliable pollution watchdog for the public. Ind(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Review of previous studies does not give us clear-cut answers in respect of many of the claimed negative health effects of fluoridation

The addition of fluoride to drinking water supplies is an issue that arouses passionate opposition among a vocal minority and some befuddlement in the(...)

 Minister for the Environment  Alan Kelly: “I believe that what we have here is as far as we can go, hand on heart.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he has gone as far as he can to guarantee there will be no privatisation of Irish Water.“I believe t(...)

MARIE O’HALLORANThe Seanad has rejected by 30 votes to 22 a Sinn Féin proposal that any decision by a future Oireachtas to privatise water services wo(...)

Cathaoirleach  Paddy Burke of Fine Gael holds the casting vote in the Seanad. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government looks increasingly likely to win the crucial Seanad vote on the Water Services Bill this evening. At least three of the Independent Sen(...)

Jonathan Irwin, founder and chief executive of the Jack & Jill foundation. Photograph: Frank Miller

The trouble with living a packed life is that at least some of the things that happen along the way will be unpleasant. It’s something Jonathan Irwin (...)

Professor John Crown said the primary loyalty of any health care provider should be to their patient, not to the system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government suffered an embarrassing defeat in the Seanad yesterday on the Bill providing for free GP care for children under six years.Independent(...)

Independent Mary Ann O’Brien said it is “worrying” that only one-fifth of the appointments by the Minister, whom she did not name, went through the Government’s “much heralded” public advertising process. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Cabinet Minister who has appointed 311 people to State boards since the Government was formed in 2011 used the public advertising process in only 2(...)