James Reilly: approached by some in Fine Gael about the possibility of filling a Seanad seat. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A number of former Fine Gael TDs and ministers are hoping to be appointed to the Seanad in the event of Enda Kenny being elected taoiseach. The new t(...)

Frances Black, running as an Independent, but supported by Sinn Féin, has been  elected to the Industrial and Commercial panel of the Seanad on the 27th count. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Singer Frances Black has been elected to the Seanad. Ms Black, running as an Independent, but supported by Sinn Féin, was elected to the Industrial (...)

Lynn Ruane, president of Trinity College Students Union, with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

NUI Former minister for justice Michael McDowell was the first to be elected to the Seanad on the National University of Ireland panel. He was elec(...)

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad and two other ex-TDs who lost their Dáil seats are also expected to win in the Upper(...)

Sinn Féin party whip, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD with Louise O’Reilly TD present Sinn Féin’s submission on political reform to the All-Party Oireachtas Committee at Leinster House. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Sinn Féin has said it will press for the introduction of universal voting rights in the new Seanad, which will be elected next month. Aengus Ó Snoda(...)

A canine candidate in Finglas, where Dogs Trust launched its election manifesto. Photograph: Fran Veale

Traditionally, the dogs in the street have been seen as a threat rather than an opportunity by canvassers. Alan Shatter’s team arrive on every doorste(...)

Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik described retiring Senator Feargal Quinn as “a model for us in terms of his activity and immense contribution to the Seanad over those years”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Seanad adjourned indefinitely after tributes were paid to retiring Senators and voters were praised for retaining the Upper House in the referend(...)

 Senator David Norris: “I always assume my phone is tapped” and “that somebody is listening”.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has has said the question of phones being tapped is always raised in connection with journalists but never for priva(...)

“It is of real importance to young students who have given five years of study that their papers would be examined dispassionately, accurately and professionally.’’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan has said teachers marking second-level examination papers should have more training. “It is currently only two d(...)

Fine Gael Seanad leader Maurice Cummins: “I question why the Bill was published in the first place when so many amendments have been produced”

Government leaders in the Seanad have criticised the Department of Justice for rushing legislation and making amendments immediately after publicatio(...)