Voters chose by a narrow margin in a referendum in 2013 to retain rather than to abolish the Seanad. They did so without great enthusiasm, as reflecte(...)

In our poll, 61 per cent of respondents backed Seanad reform, 36 suggested abolition, and 3 per cent said it should remain as is. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Irish Times Poll of the Day aims to get an overview of readers’ opinions on current events. Today’s poll ran until 5.30pm, after which the results(...)

 Senator Averil Power:  said the fact that voters had to be at home or be able to access a sorting office during working hours “highlights the need for online voting”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Postage accounts for most (88 per cent) of the €2.7 million direct cost to the State of running the Seanad elections, it has emerged. All other direc(...)

Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

On April 12th at around midday, Daithí de Róiste pulled up his car at the Springhill Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. As he parked, he noted that(...)

NUI chancellor Maurice Manning: If graduates “could register and download their vote online a lot of the problems being experienced at present could be avoided”. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 20,000 ballot papers for the university panels in the Seanad elections have been returned to the colleges as undelivered. Almost 10,000 vot(...)

From left are Shane Dunne Colclough, a relative of 1916 sniper Jack Dunne; Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív and acting Minister for Transport Pascal Donohue at a wreathlaying ceremony at Boland’s Mill in Dublin to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Boland’s Mill is among the most picturesque locations for a commemoration of the Easter Rising. This huge stone building still stands sentinel, as i(...)

Maurice Manning: The Manning group’s report has since sat untouched on some shelf in Government Buildings. Setting it up was a cynical exercise in winding down the clock on reform.  Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

While we wait patiently as our newly convened Dáil takes its time in forming a government, the election of our next Seanad is happening below the publ(...)

At The Irish Times Debate final, individual winner Clíodhna Ní Chéileachair and team winners Ross O’Mahony and Aaron Vickery (centre) are joined by adjudicator Prof Brent Northup of Carroll College, Montana. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Those opposing the proposition that 2016 should be the last year in which Ireland commemorates the Easter Rising were the big winners in The Irish Tim(...)

A team from the Solicitors’ Apprentice Debating Society of Ireland has won the final of The Irish Times annual student debate while the individual debating prize winner was Clíodhna Ní Cheileachair from UCD. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Those opposing the proposition that 2016 should be the last year in which Ireland commemorates the Easter Rising were the big winners in The Irish Tim(...)

John Bruton was part of a guard of honour at the 50th anniversary of the Rising in 1966. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former taoiseach John Bruton has criticised the Government’s decision to send Defence Forces officers with Tricolours and copies of the Proclamation (...)