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(...)

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has asked the party’s TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election. He will (...)

 Denis O’Donovan:  “If a US citizen tries to get a work visa or go a step forward and obtain a residence permit or citizenship in Ireland, he or she has as good a chance as a resident of Mars. Let us be real.’’

The State should face up to the reality of seeking to regularise the position of undocumented Irish in the US while failing to give “one iota of a ch(...)

Senator Denis O’Donovan: said Stephen Donnelly had “the wisdom, good faith and trust to stand down from the committee, which has a particular agenda and motive’’.

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly was congratulated for resigning from the banking inquiry committee during renewed Seanad exchanges on the controversy(...)

Senator Denis O’Donovan: said that as politicians, they should feel a great shame at what happened to  Louise  O’Keeffe

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn should make “an appropriate and abject apology’’ to Louise O’Keeffe, Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan told t(...)

Denis O’Donovan (FF)  said whitefish quotas were totally inadequate. Photograph: Alan Betson

Denis O’Donovan (FF) called for an urgent debate on the fishing industry. He said the whitefish fleet was at crisis point, adding that in the past (...)

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland chairman Bob Collins told a committee today: “We are not here to prop up RTÉ. RTÉ is capable of propping itself up.”

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has stood over its decision to recommend an increase in State funding for RTÉ in its five year review of public (...)

“I am not sure of the legality of party allowances being retained for members who are no longer in their parties,” says Senator Paul Bradford. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rebel Fine Gael Senator Paul Bradford has questioned the legality of political parties retaining up to €500,000 annually for TDs and Senators no longe(...)