Senator Susan O’Keeffe and Frances Fitzgerald, then Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, in 2013. The Senator  was part of a four person panel discussing whistleblowing at the Royal Irish Academy on Monday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The State will never be able to legislate entirely against liars and cheaters and the public will always be reliant on the role of whistleblowers, a d(...)

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(...)

With more than 3,200 cases a year, prostate cancer accounts for 21 per cent of diagnosed cancers in Irish men. However, the Irish National Cancer Control Programme said it agreed with the recommendation of the Lancet study against population-based screening. Photograph: Getty Images

Screening for prostate cancer could reduce deaths from the disease by about a fifth, according to a major European study published today in The Lance(...)

Emily O’Reilly pictured in her office during her last week as Ombudsman last year.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The fact that biology has “manacled” them to the lives of their children needs to be acknowledged if mothers are to find “psychological peace” in t(...)

Ciaran Lynch of Labour, who is chairing the banking inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TDs and Senators on the banking inquiry objected to the prospect of public hearings being held as late as May or June 2015 at the committee’s inaugura(...)

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly resigned from the all-party Oireachtas committee  in protest at the Government’s behaviour

The Government was yesterday forced to respond to Stephen Donnelly’s resignation from the Oireachtas banking inquiry with an unexpected announcement (...)

Wicklow Independent TD  Stephen Donnelly. File Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly has been criticised by other members of the banking inquiry committee for his decision to resign in protest at the Go(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White who said today the Government’s insistence on a majority on the banking inquiry committee was “giving politics a bad name”

The Government’s move this morning to impose an artificial Coalition majority on the fledgling banking inquiry is simply astonishing. Outraged (...)

Fine Gael’s Michael D’Arcy and Labour Senator Susan O’Keeffe have been added to the banking inquiry committee. 1:25

The Government has forced through changes in the Seanad  yesterday, reestablishing its majority in the Oireachtas Joint Committee of Inquiry i(...)

Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik withdrew a comment that the selection committee was “ambushed” when it came to nominees for the banking inquiry. 1:25

There were stormy scenes in the Seanad in the wake of the Government’s decision to add two extra Government Senators to the banking inquiry committee (...)