Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said: “Some comments made previously earlier on in the week by a colleague of mine were unnecessary and probably silly, to be frank - you know, lecturing people as regards the consequences of what happens if they don’t pass this legislation.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government had a comfortable Seanad majority of 31 to 26 in the first vote on the Water Services Bill, with the support of four Independents.Senat(...)

2014 TG4 All Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 28/9/2014Dublin vs Cork Cork Manager Eamon Ryan celebrates with his team after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

“I do think we appreciate all the moments. Even this year before the All-Ireland, we were waiting in the car park of the Red Cow getting ready to leav(...)

To attend the actual birth and to take time off in the days afterwards, a father is at the mercy of workplace agreements or an employer’s decency to allow them to ‘down tools’, sometimes with very little notice. Photograph: Thinkstock

There is a bizarre anomaly that an employed, expectant father has the right to take paid leave to attend the last two antenatal classes before their b(...)

Mary White, who represented herself, declined Mr Justice Paul McDermott’s offer of a six-month stay on eviction from the Dublin house. Photograph: Courts Collins

The High Court has found Bank of Ireland may repossess the €700,000 home of a mother-of-four who owes almost €600,000 on an outstanding mortgage.Mary (...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “There is a new drug on the streets now called ice, and it’s ravaging communities. The people working to help addicts and their families need more resources, not fewer.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sit-in bumps Maureen O’Sullivan off the agenda When Mary Lou McDonald threw Gerry’s teddy bears out of the Sinn Féin pram on Thursday, she did no favo(...)

‘While endless columns and air time are sacrificed to fulminations over the McNulty fiasco, the would-be stroke that has reduced the Oireachtas to an orgiastic lather can be reduced to one small and boring fact: Enda Kenny’s contempt for the Seanad.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

There are times when Prof Morgan Kelly’s dismissive description of this State as “tiny and boring” is annoyingly apt. Our political dramas are small a(...)

Senator David Norris said the 1916 Rising leaders were ‘traitors to their own cause’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris described the 1916 leaders as “traitors’’ in sharp exchanges in the Seanad today.Mr Norris said he believed that W B (...)

Tom Hartnett from Co Cork making his point at an Age Action Q&A forum at the Aisling Hotel in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Many older people are struggling to afford to heat their homes and pay for medical care, a public meeting in Dublin has heard. Around 200 people atten(...)

Independent Pipeline Company is to seek permission build an aviation fuel pipeline connecting Dublin’s port and airport. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The company behind plans to build an aviation fuel pipeline connecting Dublin’s port and airport will pay at least €1.1 million to one of its backe(...)

The president of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, yesterday temporarily blocked the Dublin City Sheriff  from evicting Mary White and her family from her house on Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin.

A woman, whose only income is from social welfare, has been given just over a week to convince a judge he should restrain a bank from seizing her €700(...)