Introducing the legislation, Prof Crown said current rules forced ‘healthy, physiologically young 65-year-olds to retire with no regard to their health, competence, experience or, critically, to their dispensability to the health service’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The Government will not oppose legislation introduced by Independent Senator John Crown to end the mandatory retirement of medical staff at 65 years (...)

Minister For Health James Reilly: care had to be taken with legislation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

MARIE O’HALLORAN Minister for Health James Reilly has defended the delay in the passage of legislation to prevent smoking in ve(...)

Independent Senator, Prof John Crown. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Senator John Crown has accused the management and board of St Vincent’s Hospital of a “cover-up” of fraud at the facility by deliberate(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone, who has called for the Taoiseach to address the Seanad within a month on his plans for reform. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A call has been made for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to address the Seanad within a month on his plans for reform of the Dáil and Upper House.Taoiseach’s nom(...)

Senators Fidelma Healy Eames and Paul Bradford outside the Dáil after voting against the Government during the recalled Seanad debate on Organ Donation Standards . 

Two Fine Gael Senators may face further internal sanctions after voting against the Government at the conclusion of an emergency debate on organ reten(...)

 Senator David Norris: “the Government’s sleight of hand, dishonesty, manipulation, Machiavellian conniving and use of corruption – in every sense of the word – will backfire on it.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

  The Seanad has decided by 33 votes to 25 for legislation to allow a referendum on whether to abolish or retain the Upper House. A(...)