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 (...)

Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Darragh O’Brien has called for the intervention of Minister for Health Leo Varadkar into the case of his constituent Colm Callaghan, who “requires life saving medical attention and an operation that is only available in Canada”.

A health insurer has been accused of attempting to “backslide” on lifesaving surgery for an eligible customer because of the €200,000 cost. Fianna Fái(...)

Senator Denis O’Donovan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan called on the Seanad to address the “lack of societal respect” for law, order and authority in the State. He said(...)

Senator David Norris ‘pettifogging regulation’ should be corrected for the few people it affected. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent Senator David Norris has called for an anomaly in pensions legislation, which prevents gay public servants allocating their entitlement(...)

Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has claimed that the State is costing its citizens jobs by failing to teach them languages. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Republic cannot give its own citizens jobs because the State is failing at teaching languages, the Seanad has heard.Independent Senator Fidelma He(...)

 Feargal Quinn: “Delighted at the attention being given in recent days to problems in the border area.”

There are difficulties policing the 34 border crossings in the Dundalk area as part of efforts to deal with fuel laundering and cigarette smuggling, (...)

 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(...)