Renua leader Lucinda Creighton said she wasn’t by surprised by the Taoiseach’s admission on appointing John McNulty to the board of Imma. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny contradicted everything he previously said on the appointment of Seanad candidate John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum o(...)

The final leaders’ debate of the general election campaign saw exchanges on the economy, the health service, housing and political appointments but di(...)

Former tánaiste and minister for education  Mary Coughlan and former taoiseach Brian Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Soldiers of Destiny are out in force today for their ardfheis in the RDS. They will have a lot to say about the IBRC controversy causing ru(...)

Seán Conlan: his former secretarial assistant Cathy Shevlin took an unfair dismissal case against him, and it was heard over three days in October and December last year. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A Fine Gael TD has been ordered to pay his former secretary €25,000 after an Employment Appeals Tribunal found against him. Mr Conlan’s former secre(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the Constitution stipulated that members of the Seanad were elected by secret postal ballot, which could not be changed without a further constitutional referendum.

The Seanad was “elitist, undemocratic and unacceptable as an institution of the State”, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams told the Dáil.He said the Seanad (...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys who refused to answer questions from reporters this morning about the nomination of John McNulty. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys refused to answer questions from reporters this morning about the nomination of John M(...)

Senators returned to the saved Seanad this afternoon with a relatively low key response to the outcome of the referendum on its abolition.Jubilation w(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton canvassing on Grafton Street, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

People will be persuaded to vote for the Seanad’s abolition as they learn more about the Upper House, Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has said. Mr Br(...)

Former Minister for Justice Michael McDowell.

Former Minister for Justice Michael McDowell yesterday said he was confident the Irish people would vote down Government plans to abolish the Seanad (...)

We should make the Seanad responsible for more exercises in participative democracy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Richard Bruton is saying that our choice in this referendum is limited to either abolishing the Seanad or keeping it in its current form. But by what (...)