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(...)

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(...)