Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik described retiring Senator Feargal Quinn as “a model for us in terms of his activity and immense contribution to the Seanad over those years”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Seanad adjourned indefinitely after tributes were paid to retiring Senators and voters were praised for retaining the Upper House in the referend(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny at the launch of the Fine Gael general election campaign  at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In and out of the Dáil in less than a minute. After months of dropping hints, Enda Kenny burst from the blocks and was gone, leaving a bewildered col(...)

Senator Fergal Quinn introduces his last piece of legislation before his retirement from the Upper House.

A Bill that prohibits the use of a drone to photograph, video or conduct surveillance of another person’s home has been introduced in the Seanad. In(...)

 Donald Trump:   his Scottish demotion does highlight another problem with state honours – the tendency for recipients to disgrace them. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Even if Feargal Quinn’s Bill for a state honours system is accepted by all parties, he should surely think again about the award’s title. Yes, Gr(...)

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn introduced the Gradam an Uachtaráin Bill 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn has called for the introduction of a State honours system to recognise exceptional achievement. He introduced a P(...)

Product of the crash: Tesco, SuperValu and Dunnes Stores  have lost out to Aldi and Lidl. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

We see the United States as the cradle of our supermarket culture, but there’s an Irish angle. It was the son of Irish emigrants who opened the doo(...)

Sinn Féin councillor Sinead Burke will contest the Seanad byelection against Labour candidate Máiría Cahill, Fianna Fáil candidate Dr Keith Swanick and Independent Jerry Beades.

Sinn Féin councillor Sinead Burke will contest the Seanad byelection against Máiría Cahill, who is the Labour Party nominee for the seat left vacant b(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell: “Thousands of subcontractors have gone out of business.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Legislation to ensure prompt payments to subcontractors in the construction industry has still not been implemented, two years after it was signed in(...)

Dr TK Whitaker, pictured in 2014. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A “revolutionary” of the calibre of former civil servant and Central Bank governor Dr TK Whitaker is needed to ensure that financial markets take some(...)

The John Hinde postcard of Skerries

I don’t know why it is so amusing to see a tanned, handsome man in sunglasses lounging on a beach holding a rather large camera in a strategic posi(...)