Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane said: “The company talks about €2 billion being raised in revenue from residential customers by 2021. It ignores the fact that almost half of people have not paid.”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish Water’s seven-year plan was not grounded on reality, Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane claimed. “There is no acceptance that this will be a big (...)

Which way? Yes and No posters on Merrion Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Senior Government figures are increasingly confident the same-sex marriage referendum will pass. Sources predict the Yes vote could be as high as 60 (...)

“Let Bobby in there, lads!” Micheál Martin puts one arm around byelection candidate Bobby Aylward as he salutes the party faithful at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke.

In the full and plenty days there was always a generous helping of meat in the middle of the FF sandwich. It sustained the party, helping it become st(...)

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised what he called a ‘surreptitious attempt’ to make ‘savage cuts’ to the salaries of ushers in Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised what he called a “surreptitious attempt” to make “savage cuts” of 5.6 per cent to the salaries of Lein(...)

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(...)

Terry Leyden: ‘58 members of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party lost their seats’. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Tánaiste says she hoped people would be able to speak more freely to the Oireachtas banking inquiry following the publication of the 2010 letter f(...)

Terry Leyden: “Brian Lenihan was making a last-ditch attempt to burn the bondholders, but that was refused by Mr Trichet who had previously indicated that he would give some concession.” Photographer: Dara MacDónaill

Fianna Fáil Senators have accused then ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet of bullying Ireland into a bailout and programme of austerity in November 201(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry snapped at Senator Mary White, when interrupted:
“You’re an ignorant goat.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

In recent years, budget night in the Dáil bar has been a rather dull and subdued affair.The place used to be heaving during Fianna Fáil’s heyday. It g(...)

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(...)

Senator Terry Leyden:  has been campaigning for Ivan Connaughton, his party’s candidate in Roscommon-South Leitrim. File Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A Fianna Fáil Senator has criticised The Irish Times for publishing a political opinion poll so close to the two byelections taking place in Roscommon(...)