Senator Eamonn Coghlan: “Let us not have an Irish solution to an Irish problem.” Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Licensing laws covering events such as the Garth Brooks concerts should be sorted out, Fine Gael Senator Eamonn Coghlan said. Issues arising in the n(...)

Licensing laws covering events like the Garth Brooks concerts should be sorted out, the Seanad heard tonight. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Licensing laws covering events like the Garth Brooks concerts should be sorted out, Fine Gael Senator Eamon Coghlan said.He said issues arising in the(...)

 Susan O’Keeffe and Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government Seanad leader Maurice Cummins has described the selection of two Opposition Senators for the banking inquiry committee as a “democratic de(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been accused of “tampering” with the democratic process in the ongoing row over membership of the committee to investigate(...)

Fianna Fáil senator Paschal Mooney: Many of the concerns the party raised are still under investigation.’’

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney praised former minister for justice Alan Shatter for his integrity. He said it gave him no great pleasure to commen(...)

Fine Gael’s Paul Coghlan said ‘there is nothing preventing landlords and tenants taking into account market conditions’. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Seanad Fianna Fáil leader Darragh O’Brien challenged Fine Gael to implement its general election promise to end upward-only rent reviews. Mr O’(...)

 Pope Francis:   Mr Norris  referred to Pope Francis’s links with Ireland and said he was partially educated at Milltown Park in Dublin. Photograph: EPA/Fabio Frustaci

A formal request to Pope Francis to visit Ireland moved a step closer after the Seanad unanimously agreed a motion inviting hi(...)

“The finance spokespeople in the Seanad, and others who have expertise in that area, should be included in any newly constituted committee to inquire into the banking fiasco,’’ said Senator Whelan.

A Government Senator has said it would be “absurd’’ to exclude Seanad representation from the banking inquiry.John Whelan (Lab) supported a call by Fi(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  denied he was trying to capitalise on the pope’s popularity and said the decision was taken because of the Holy See’s renewed focus on tackling “hunger and world poverty” under Francis.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has linked the Government’s decision to reopen the Embassy to the Holy See to the arrival of Pope Francis. However, Mr Gilmore (...)

Senator Ronan Mullen (Ind) says the Government’s reopening of the Vatican Embassy is an acknowledgement that closing it was “very wrong from a diplomatic point of view and was petty politics”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government’s reopening of the Vatican Embassy was a U-turn and, at best, deserved a qualified welcome, Ronan Mullen (Ind) told the Seanad.“It is a(...)