Seagulls above the boardwalk on Dublin’s quays. It could be argued that the city’s seagulls are more highly evolved than those in other parts of the country. Photograph: The Irish Times

Seagulls, is it? It must be frustrating to be a Senator intent on getting loads of work done and trying to reform the system from within. You toil day(...)

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 (...)

Nobody was spared this Hitchcockian nightmare as the birds attacked.  And what was particularly galling for the politicians is that there was no pecking order.

They couldn’t escape Leinster House fast enough. Can’t blame them. We weren’t too far behind. It was carnage as people left. The ushers had to escort (...)

Senator Ned O’Sullivan: “It is very unusual to see Irish people bad-mouthing their own when they are away from home. It is not done.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A Fianna Fáil Senator has criticised MEPs for “bad-mouthing” the Government’s nomination of former minister Phil Hogan as Ireland’s next EU commiss(...)

Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht: “The evolution of public assemblies through representative government to modern democracy in Ireland is a worthy topic for discussion.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The decision to have a series of Seanad statements on the 750th anniversary of the first known Irish parliament was criticised in the House yesterday(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Eamon Gilmore once played the beautiful game called democracy. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: got their way with the Oireachtas Committee

Day one of World Cup 2014, and before a ball was kicked or a beer cracked open we were already embroiled in a match-fixing scandal. And to think we on(...)

Fine Gael’s Michael D’Arcy and Labour Senator Susan O’Keeffe have been added to the banking inquiry committee. 1:25

The Government has forced through changes in the Seanad  yesterday, reestablishing its majority in the Oireachtas Joint Committee of Inquiry i(...)

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(...)

Most Senators knew nothing of the visit to ‘the Land of the Rapidly Rising Row’ until they read about it last week. Photograph: Getty
Miriam Lord’s Week

Japanese trip sees Seanad all fired up Our report two weeks ago about a select group of Senators (and one TD) travelling to Japan for a six-nig(...)