Senator Mary Moran: “On a personal level, because I have a son who often uses respite services in a residential unit, I felt it very deeply, as did many of the parents who contacted me.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/Irish Times

Labour Senator Mary Moran said she was disappointed not to get a seconder in the Seanad for an emergency debate on the mistreatment of residents in t(...)

Ivana Bacik said she hoped colleagues across the House would join her in condemning the violence and acts of criminality that arose during certain protests over the weekend and since. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan described as “heavy-handed thuggery’’ the treatment of the Taoiseach and Tánaiste at public protests.“I do not car(...)

Senator Mary Moran (Lab) said she knew of parents’ councils getting details of students who had not paid voluntary contributions and this contributed to the culture of “blackmail”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

The growing number of students entering schools and colleges this year means the Department of Education will be running about €30 million over budget(...)

David Garvey (33) has been in Beaumont Hospital for 15 months after a brain injury left him paralysed and only able to communicate using his eyes.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The family of a man with ‘locked in’ syndrome has spoken of their joy at the HSE changing its mind and deciding to fund 24-hour care for him at(...)

 Harold Hislop, the chief inspector of Irish schools, at the Department of Education and Science in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A quarter of parents are unsure about the effectiveness of anti-bullying measures in their children’s schools(...)

Maria Wolfe,  Galway, and Martin Rowan, Dublin, at the European Union House where people with intellectual disabilities called for an inclusive society for all on International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The voiceless, on whose behalf many others speak, seized the moment yesterday to speak up for themselves, which they did with fervour and commitmen(...)

 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(...)

Senator Martin Conway (FG) said the campaign in the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad was “a significantly dirty campaign, probably the dirtiest campaign we have seen in a referendum in the history of the country”.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two coalition party Senators have described the Seanad referendum campaign as “dirty’’ on the House’s last sitting day before tomorrow’s poll.Martin C(...)

David Norris thundered that government “lies” and “half-truths” about saving money are shocking. In fact, he reckoned that, when everything was added up and taken into account, abolishing the Seanad could cost in the region of €150 million.

Their poor little faces. Some unkind people started muttering about turkeys before Christmas. We preferred to think of nicely fattened veal calves abo(...)

TDs and Senators who are against the abolition of the  Seanad   Senator Ronan Mullen and Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames during a press brieifng on the plinth of Leinster House, Dublin, today. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former Fine Gael senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has accused the party of spreading “false propaganda” in its campaign to abolish the Seanad. Speaking as (...)