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(...)

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(...)