Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has asked the party’s TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election. He will (...)

 Ivana Bacik  said she found it extremely moving, as she was sure her colleagues did, to watch the reports of the speeches given by Mr Higgins and the queen. Photogaph: Cyril Byrne

Senators welcomed the ongoing visit of President Michael D Higgins to Britain. Ivana Bacik (Lab) said she found it extre(...)

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(...)

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Up to 23 families will be able to complete stalled adoptions from Russia after legislation was amended by the Dáil and Seanad.Minister for Children Fr(...)

“We need the Government to give us the leadership,” said Terry Leahy, former Tesco chief executive, speaking at a forum entitled Revitalising Ireland Through Retail at Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

lllA minute’s silence wouldn’t go amiss when Sir Terry Leahy tells a roomful of retailers in Dublin that he remembers “the boom”. They have come to(...)

Left, from top: Shop Street in Galway; Laundromat Cafe in Reykjavik. Middle: a model wears a Chouchou Couture hood-scarf combo; right, from top: shoppers on Laugavegur, one of the oldest shopping streets in Reykjavik; Princes Square in Glasgow; Aniar in Galway

GLASGOWLay your head in the Grasshoppers Hotel (grasshoppersglasgow.com), a boutique hotel on Union Street in the centre of the city, tucked away on t(...)

Ae motion from Independent Ronan Mullen, seconded by Sinn Féin, called for legislation to regulate the construction and siting of high-voltage lines and to “make provision for the placing of such high voltage electricity transmission lines underground” where possible. Photograph: Wolfgang von Brauchitsch/Bloomberg News

The Government had a single vote victory in a Seanad private member’s motion on electricity pylons after three Labour Party Senators abstained.The mot(...)

Feargal Quinn: said there was an anomaly whereby young people who had no choice but to go abroad in search of work were treated as “foreigners’’ after returning

The case of an Irish emigrant who was classed as a “foreigner’’ when he returned to pursue an academic course was highlighted yesterday by Feargal Qu(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny joking with Herb Hribar, Chief Executive eircom Group; Joe Schmidt Irish head coach; and Simon Boucher, CEO IMI, at the IMI National Management Conference “Game Changers for Growth”, at Sandyford , Co Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke.

This is the strangest budget run-in for a long time.Less than a week to go until Michael Noonan delivers his statement to the Dáil and the usual clamo(...)

 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(...)