Seanad leader Maurice Cummins says report will not be replicating and duplicating work that was already done. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The establishment by the Taoiseach of a Seanad reform working group has been defended in the Upper House against Opposition criticism that no members(...)

Senator Paschal Mooney: said the Irish Times/Ipsos poll seemed to indicate people had lost trust in the Government.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael Seanad leader Maurice Cummins has ruled out an early general election. He was responding in the House to the Irish Times/Ipsos poll which(...)

Stelian Ciuciu (right), with his children Jennifer, Miriama, Stelian Jnr and Mirabella, representing the Roma community at the anti-racism rally in Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Civic leaders in Waterford have joined with An Garda Síochána to urge people not to take the law into their own hands following incidents last weekend(...)

Independent John Crown sought the Minister’s attendance to give the timeline for the provision of anti-hepatitis C drug Sovaldi. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More than 70,000 people had their medical cards removed in the past year and more than 17,000 were from people over 70, the Seanad was told.Fianna Fá(...)

Senator Averil Power proposed the motion following the recent announcement by Sweden that it would recognise Palestine, becoming the 135th country to do so. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Seanad has unanimously accepted a Fianna Fáil motion calling on the Government to formally recognise the state of Palestine. Senator Averil(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry: said the Taoiseach “has a responsibility to this House, as a democratic institution of the State, and we are entitled to answers’’

A Fianna Fáil demand that Taoiseach Enda Kenny answer questions in the Seanad on the byelection controversy was rejected in a House vote yesterday.F(...)

Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout has welcomed the decision of US beauty pageant organisers to cancel their contest in Belfast planned for this coming Saturday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout has welcomed the decision of US beauty pageant organisers to cancel their contest in Belfast planned for this(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “This is just another opportunity wasted and another disappointment for those who want change.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Significant changes in the way the Seanad operates will be implemented by October, according to the leader of the House, Senator Maurice Cummins. (...)

Senator David Norris: ‘I want to push for a visit through this public forum and let the people of Ireland know that the Government is sitting on the matter and doing nothing.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent Senator David Norris has again said Pope Francis should be invited to visit Ireland. He said he had initially raised the issue in January(...)

Senator Ned O’Sullivan: “It is very unusual to see Irish people bad-mouthing their own when they are away from home. It is not done.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A Fianna Fáil Senator has criticised MEPs for “bad-mouthing” the Government’s nomination of former minister Phil Hogan as Ireland’s next EU commiss(...)