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(...)

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney has called for a “conversation” about what is driving asylum seekers to protest about their rights and conditions in various centres around the country. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney has called for a “conversation” about what is driving asylum seekers to protest about their rights (...)

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(...)

A file photograph of Reform Alliance members who launched a policy document today. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sweeping changes in the political system are advocated by the Reform Alliance in a policy document launched today.However, the group of TDs and senato(...)

Independent Trinity Senator Sean Barrett has been voted onto the banking inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government’s majority on the banking inquiry is in doubt after a Seanad committee voted to place two Opposition Senators on the long-awaited inves(...)

A file photograph of Reform Alliance members, which could become a new political party under the ‘Independent Alliance’ banner. From left: Billy Timmins, Paul Bradford, Peter Mathews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

A member of the Reform Alliance has ruled out joining a new party that could evolve from the group of former Fine Gael TDs and senators. Denis Naughte(...)

Billy Timmins defied the Fine Gael whip to vote against the second stage of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Another member of the Reform Alliance group of dissident TDs and senators has renewed his membership of Fine Gael. Billy Timmins, a Wick(...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: Mr Quinn said his Bill, the Upward Only (Clauses and Reviews) Bill 2013, was anything but arbitrary or discriminatory. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government was defeated in the Seanad yesterday in a vote on a Private Members’ Bill to end upward-only rent reviews. The Bill, move(...)

The Government has been defeated in the Seanad in a vote on a Private Member’s Bill ending upward only rent reviews. The Bill, moved by I(...)

Plinth politics: Reform Alliance members (from left) Billy Timmins, Paul Bradford, Peter Mathews, Fidelma Healy Eames, Lucinda Creighton and Terence Flanagan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Whatever you do, don’t call it a party. Today, the Reform Alliance, the group comprised of seven members of the Oireachtas – five TDs and two Senators(...)