‘One of the most compelling arguments for retaining Seanad Éireann is its potential to offer a political platform to those parts of Irish society under-represented in Dáil Éireann.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Twenty years ago, Fine Gael and Labour committed to a programme for Government promising emigrant representation in Seanad Éireann. The aim was con(...)

Double act: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as PJ Mara and Aidan Gillen as Charles Haughey in ‘Charlie’ 2:11

Many of his contemporaries were put out to political pasture, but PJ Mara, the late Charles Haughey’s former press secretary, has not only survived. H(...)

The group will examine submissions and proposals for reform which have already been made and will look at the role of a reformed Seanad within the political process. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new group established by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to examine proposals for Seanad reform is to report back to the Government by March.The membership of (...)

Mary O’Rourke: has not yet been formally asked to sit on the working group for Seanad reform but says she would be “very open” to it. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is to appoint a working group comprising former senators and people outside politics to make recommendations within three months on ho(...)

Brian Farrell presents televised coverage of the 1973 general election

Behind the dicky bow and the slightly stern face, spectacles sitting under a furrowed brow, the Brian Farrell remembered by friends and colleagues fol(...)

In 1982 Brian Farrell presided over the first ever televised leaders’ debate  in a general election, between the then heads of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, Charles Haughey  and Garret Fitzgerald  respectively. 4:23

Brian Farrell made an enormous contribution to Irish political life through his work as a broadcaster and an academic.Nobody else before or since has (...)

Members of the Cadet Honour Guard after a wreath laying Ceremony in the Stone Breakers’ Yard at Kilmainham Gaol as part of the Commemorations to mark the 90th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson

No programme of events to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising have been sent for consideration to the expert committee advising the Government, it(...)

“Language . . . isn’t a hiding place. It is a finding place,” observed novelist Jeanette Winterson. It was the great gift of lexicographer Diarmaid Ó (...)

Shane Ross: he’s quite good at getting back to people when he wants to. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shane Ross says he doesn’t own a mobile phone. Nobody believes him. But the Independent deputy for Dublin South swears it’s true. So it mus(...)

Children wait to place an Easter lily, a symbol of the 1916 Easter Rising, at Arbour Hill cemetery in Dublin during the annual1916 Easter Rising commemoration this month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The head of an expert advisory group on historic celebrations, including the 1916 centenary, has accused the historian Diarmuid Ferriter of bei(...)