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(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has been urged in the Seanad to withdraw the Legal Services Regulation Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald could be a candidate for the Guinness Book of Records for 105 amendments she made to a single page of a Bill (...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney said that “not a single line appeared on the television sports results” last Sunday night about the Connacht senior ladies’ football final

A call has been made for RTÉ television to change its policy where every news bulletin, “starts with the result of English Premier League matches” in(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, his wife Fionnuala Kenny, with  the Taoiseach’s  brother Cllr Henry Kenny and his wife Maureen in Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar.  Photograph: Michael Donnelly

More than 400 of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s closest constituency supporters gathered in a Mayo hotel on Saturday night for a dinner to celebrate the 40(...)

Former junior minister John Perry has outlined why he should he included on the Fine Gael general election ticket. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former junior minister John Perry received a round of applause at a meeting of Fine Gael TDs and Senators after he outlined why he should he included (...)

Senator David Norris: said the byelection  to fill Jimmy Harte’s seat was a  “complete farce with only 100 voters”

Seanad leader Maurice Cummins has told the Upper House there are at least four months to go before a general election. Mr Cummins said they had 28 Bi(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Terry Leyden suggested the Seanad be held at Farmleigh in Phoenix Park. File photograph: Alan Betson

Suggestions that Senators may operate from the plush surrounds of Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park while the Seanad chamber undergoes roof repairs, have (...)