Sammy Wilson who won East Antrim for the DUP with a healthy  majority. Photograph: New

Sammy Wilson has retained the East Antrim seat for the DUP. The firm favourite was re-elected with a healthy majority but the party vote was down on 2(...)

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(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar introduced emergency legislation.

Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson has called for a major debate on illegal drugs. He said a discussion was needed on the national drugs strategy, o(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson has called for a major education programme on the danger of alcohol abuse in secondary schools. Photograph: Getty Images

An all-Ireland approach to reduce alcohol consumption was suggested by Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson.“There is no point in implementing legislat(...)

Senator Ned O’Sullivan said that one electoral area in Kerry involved three peninsulas. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Ned O’Sullivan (FF) called for increased allowances for county councillors representing large electoral areas. “We face huge county council constitue(...)

Brandon Smith removes broken glass from the West Thrift Shop in the town of West, near Waco, Texas. Photograph: Mike Stone/Reuters

Rescue workers searched the rubble of a fertilizer plant in a small Texas town today looking for missing firefighters and survivors of a huge (...)