Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

David Norris has been elected to the Seanad on the University of Dublin panel. He was elected on the first count with 4070 votes late on Tuesday night

David Norris has been elected to the Seanad on the University of Dublin panel. He was elected on the first count with 4070 votes late on Tuesday nigh(...)

Frances Fitzgerald and Micheal Noonan at Trinity College surrounded by student from Glanmire in Cork. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The talks taking place in Trinity College are not the first political discussions of national importance the campus has hosted. Seán Barrett, seekin(...)

There are 16 candidates on the Trinity Seanad panel. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sabina Brennan When she started university as a mature student of 43, Brennan became the first member of her family to go to third level and gradua(...)

Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

On April 12th at around midday, Daithí de Róiste pulled up his car at the Springhill Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. As he parked, he noted that(...)

Michael O’Leary warned that a ‘Brexit’ would endanger the agreements that allow freedom of movement between the UK and the rest of Europe. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

The Irish lobby and businesses need to join the campaign to keep the UK in the European Union, according to Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. (...)

Anti-water charges protest in Dublin’s city centre last August. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Ireland legally has to keep water charges or face possible fines, law expert Prof Gavin Barrett has said. Prof Barrett, a senior lecturer at UCD’s s(...)

Seán Barrett: “You are representing your country as speaker of the House and there is a great deal of patriotism there.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

As history was made yesterday with the election of ceann comhairle by secret ballot, Seán Barrett quietly took his seat on the Fine Gael backbenches. (...)

Gino Kenny TD of AAA-PBP and his mother Marie arrive for the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

For all the good wishes, optimism and smiles, a strange undercurrent of uncertainty made for an edgy first day in the 32nd Dáil. Perhaps, for the ne(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl (top, centre) at the first sitting of the 32nd Dáil on March 10th. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl was elected as Ceann Comhairle yesterday, becoming the first chair to be chosen by secret ballot. Mr Ó Fearghaíl cont(...)