Paul Dunne’s time at University of Alabama and at Blackrock College in Dublin was mentioned in the Seanad. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Golfing boy wonder Paul Dunne has made a lot of Senators very proud, although a number admitted not previously knowing who he was. In the Upper House (...)

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised what he called a ‘surreptitious attempt’ to make ‘savage cuts’ to the salaries of ushers in Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised what he called a “surreptitious attempt” to make “savage cuts” of 5.6 per cent to the salaries of Lein(...)

Galway East Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has called for an investigation into the leaking. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Politicians in east Galway have expressed dismay at the leaking of a report into “apparent deficiencies” in maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital(...)

Lakagh Strawboys warm up backstage before taking part in the juvenile competitions at the Galway Mummers Festival in New Inn, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

“So no more angle grinders, no black puddings, no more pots of German jam,No lumps of hairy bacon and no more wetsuits from Japan, No packs of streaky(...)

Senator John Kelly said some water charge protesters at Wednesday’s demonstration wanted nothing but to ‘create anarchy’. File  photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Labour Senator John Kelly accused some of those on Wednesday’s protest march against water charges of thuggery.Mr Kelly said he complimented those who(...)

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(...)

Sen Denis O’Donovan: “The issue of a vacancy of a seat here is a matter for the Seanad.’’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A further attempt by Fianna Fáil to have Taoiseach Enda Kenny answer questions on the byelection controversy in the Seanad failed yesterday. De(...)

Carol Kennelly from Tralee, Co Kerry, shows her excitement on being named Best Dressed Lady at Ladies Day at the Dublin Horse Show. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 3:05

The Dublin Horse Show is a delight for the senses.The ripple of applause around the showing ring when a popular horse is beckoned to come forward for (...)

Ivana Bacik: said the Minister for Foreign Affairs should be invited to the House when it resumed in September for a debate on the situation in the Middle East

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik said she hoped Ireland would be very active in the coming weeks in promoting a ceasefire on the Gaza Strip.She added that (...)

Darragh O’Brien (FF) said the Iarnród Éireann was offering a €10 discount on the next fare when booking online. But unknown to anyone the website also signed up the customer for a debit of €12 monthly from his/her bank account.

Senators sharply criticised Iarnród Éireann’s system for booking fares online. Darragh O’Brien (FF) said the company was offering a €10 discoun(...)