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(...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: Mr Quinn said his Bill, the Upward Only (Clauses and Reviews) Bill 2013, was anything but arbitrary or discriminatory. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government was defeated in the Seanad yesterday in a vote on a Private Members’ Bill to end upward-only rent reviews. The Bill, move(...)

Jonathan Iriwin: has a salary of €90,000 as chief executive of Jack and Jill, but took nothing for the first six years of existence

The founder of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation Jonathan Irwin has called on the chairman of the Central Remedial Clinic, Hamilton Goulding, to(...)

Senator Jimmy Harte. Shock expressed by colleagues at his injuries suffered in a fall.

Senators expressed their shock yesterday at the injury suffered by Labour Senator Jimmy Harte (55) in a fall in Dublin last weekend.On the Order of Bu(...)

How the Seanad voted on the Thirty-Second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Eireann) Bill 2013, allowing a referendum on the future o(...)

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has called on the Government to request ISPs to block access to pornography, saying it was damaging to children. Photograph: Getty

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has said he would consider introducing measures to curb the accessibility of online pornography in Ireland.He(...)

Senator Darragh O’Brien: remarks “deeply, deeply upset” him

Fianna Fáil Senators clashed during heated exchanges over graphic remarks about abortion made by some members of the party.The party’s Seanad leader, (...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: said the Seanad was in the last chance saloon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government had a comfortable majority last night in the first crucial vote on the Bill allowing a referendum to abolish the Seanad.Independent S(...)