Senator Averil Power claimed Fianna Fáil failed to launch a sufficiently strong canvass in support of the same-sex marriage referendum, and was critical of the party leadership before resigning last month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to reshuffle some Seanad portfolios in the wake of the resignation of Senator Averil Power from the party. Senato(...)

I never saw the filmThe Exorcist, because I am a coward. Watching a little girl’s head spin 360 degrees or seeing her spewing green vomit just didn’t (...)

Dinny McGinley: accepted payments related to his time as a primary school teacher for two years while on a ministerial salary of €130,000. Photograph: David Sleator.

A number of TDs, Senators and former ministers have chosen to retain pension entitlements from teaching roles alongside their current salary, accordi(...)

Right to left: Martin McVicar and Robert Moffett of Combilift, Tom Kelly of Enterprise Ireland,  Richard Bruton, Heather Humphreys, Senator Joe O’Reilly, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Seán Conlan and . . . Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin! Photograph: Photobomb

At first glance, it looks like yet another PR picture for the Taoiseach and his jobs minister. Enda Kenny and Richard Bruton were in Monaghan yesterda(...)

‘While Gerry Adams and Mary Lou like playing hard to get, they aren’t categorically ruling out future advances.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It’s becoming like a dysfunctional dating agency in the Dáil. People in Fine Gael making cow eyes at Fianna Fáil and elements in Fianna Fáil batting (...)

The Department of Health is to take action to prevent seagull attacks on maintenance staff. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Maintenance crews at the Department of Health in Dublin are having to run the gauntlet of frenzied seagull attacks and managers are now taking action (...)

Alan Kelly: A huge distinction was being made “between those who can’t pay and those who won’t”. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Seanad debate on the controversial Water Services Bill will resume on Monday after more than 16 hours of debate ended early on Saturday. During th(...)

Minister for Tourism Pascal Donoghue: Photograph: Eric Luke

The tourism picture for this year was described as “positive’’ by Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe. He told the Seanad that CSO figures showed th(...)

Ivana Bacik said she hoped colleagues across the House would join her in condemning the violence and acts of criminality that arose during certain protests over the weekend and since. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan described as “heavy-handed thuggery’’ the treatment of the Taoiseach and Tánaiste at public protests.“I do not car(...)

Ivana Bacik said she welcomed the “positive news’’ that Ireland had been invited to participate in the British Armistice day event. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú said it would not be helpful to have a politically divisive debate on the centenary celebration of the 1916 Risin(...)