DUP Leader Peter Robinson announced he was standing down as First Minister and DUP ldeader. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

There were tributes in the Seanad to Peter Robinson following his announcement that he was standing down as DUP leader and First Minister. Labour’s M(...)

Fianna Fáil candidate Paschal Mooney: said he was glad the parties in the North had seen a little bit of reality. Photograph: Collins

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan has warned against exaggerating the significance of the new Stormont deal. He said he would give it a cautious we(...)

Former chairman of the Irish Financial Services Regulator Authority Brian Patterson said the authority could have done more and “done it sooner”. Photograph: Getty Images

The financial regulator at the time of the banking crisis was engaged in “principles-based regulation with not a lot of intrusion”, former chairman of(...)

HEA boss Tom Boland: started with a few well-timed jabs

Higher Education Authority boss Tom Boland stepped into the ring of JM Synge Theatre in Trinity College Dublin recently for a bout with academics o(...)

 Paschal Donohoe: connectivity and employment  important issues for  Aer Lingus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Aer Lingus will not be sold unless “an acceptable price’’ is secured, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has told the Seanad.Mr Donohoe said many(...)

The Seanad has passed all stages of the Water Services Bill.

The Water Services Bill has passed all stages in the Seanad, paving the way for its signature by President Michael D Higgins and the introduction of c(...)

The who’s who of the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Above, chairman of the committee Ciarán Lynch. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ciarán Lynch - Chairman The former adult literacy organiser was first elected to the Dáil in 2007, when he took a seat from the Green Party’s D(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “This is a positive development, but it would be foolish to read too much into any one quarter”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A small increase in the number of people with private health insurance was recorded in the third quarter of this year, Minister for Health Leo Varadka(...)

Minister for Tourism Pascal Donoghue: Photograph: Eric Luke

The tourism picture for this year was described as “positive’’ by Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe. He told the Seanad that CSO figures showed th(...)

Senator Sean Barrett: called for a debate “on what is turning out to be a poll tax”

Water charges are turning into a “poll tax”, Independent Senator Sean D Barrett claimed, as he called for a debate on alternative ways to run Irish W(...)