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(...)

Garth Brooks: Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone said, “We do not want to discourage artists like Garth Brooks from coming to Ireland but it takes a rare case to highlight the inadequacies in a system.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A call has been made for legislation on licensing concerts to be amended to ensure a licence be obtained before tickets go on sale where events invol(...)

Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht: “The evolution of public assemblies through representative government to modern democracy in Ireland is a worthy topic for discussion.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The decision to have a series of Seanad statements on the 750th anniversary of the first known Irish parliament was criticised in the House yesterday(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry said Fianna Fáil would have to deal with ‘legacy issues’ in the banking inquiry . Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Fianna Fáil Senator whose appointment to the banking inquiry caused controversy has said his party will have “legacy issues” to deal with when the(...)

Wicklow Independent TD  Stephen Donnelly. File Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly has been criticised by other members of the banking inquiry committee for his decision to resign in protest at the Go(...)

 Susan O’Keeffe and Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government Seanad leader Maurice Cummins has described the selection of two Opposition Senators for the banking inquiry committee as a “democratic de(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White who said today the Government’s insistence on a majority on the banking inquiry committee was “giving politics a bad name”

The Government’s move this morning to impose an artificial Coalition majority on the fledgling banking inquiry is simply astonishing. Outraged (...)

Fine Gael’s Michael D’Arcy and Labour Senator Susan O’Keeffe have been added to the banking inquiry committee. 1:25

The Government has forced through changes in the Seanad  yesterday, reestablishing its majority in the Oireachtas Joint Committee of Inquiry i(...)