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. 2:35

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(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Ivan Connaughton: highlighting the failure of the upturn in the economy to impact on constituents

A much-quoted observation throughout the Roscommon-South Leitrim constituency these days is that the forthcoming byelection is Fianna Fáil’s to lose.(...)

Rachel Doherty: “This is not about having women for the sake of it, but about offering choice, taking geography and other factors into consideration.”

Politics will continue to be an exclusive and largely male pursuit until political parties take a serious look at a more representative system, two f(...)

The first candidate in the Roscommon/South Leitrim by-election has been declared,with Fianna Fáíl’s selection of Ivan Connaughton at a selection convention tonight.

The first candidate in the Roscommon/South Leitrim by-election has been declared,with Fianna Fáíl’s selection of Ivan Connaughton at a selection conv(...)