Thomas Byrne was struck off the solicitors roll in 2008 after it emerged he had taken out multiple mortgages on properties and used client funds to finance a lavish lifestyle. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Convicted solicitor Thomas Byrne lied about his identity five years ago so he could lease a Dublin city centre restaurant, a judge heard today.Barrist(...)

Senator Averil Power proposed the motion following the recent announcement by Sweden that it would recognise Palestine, becoming the 135th country to do so. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Seanad has unanimously accepted a Fianna Fáil motion calling on the Government to formally recognise the state of Palestine. Senator Averil(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys today stood over her appointment of Fine Gael Seanad byelection candidate John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys today stood over her appointment of Fine Gael Seanad byelection candidate John McNulty to the board of the Irish M(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien: said Government could not slide away from the issue and think people were going to forget about it. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

John McNulty was listed as a businessman and board member of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) on the Seanad byelection ballot paper, Fianna Fáil(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys who appointed  John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham. Photograph: The Irish Times

John McNulty has a lot going for him. He is a 37-year old businessman with a filling station and shop in Kilcar in South West Donegal. In addition (...)

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys staunchly defended her nomination of Fine Gael Seanad byelection candidate John McNulty to the Imma board amid trenchant opposition criticism and some Labour Party concern. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government was sharply criticised in the Seanad in a row over the appointment of a Fine Gael Seanad byelection candidate to the board of the Ir(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys will have to explain to the Seanad this evening why she appointed a Fine Gael candidate for the Upper House to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, after the Government lost a vote on the issue. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys has staunchly defended her nomination of Fine Gael Seanad byelection candidate John McNulty to the board of th(...)

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin  keep an eye on any announcements of future electoral intentions by the party’s Senators. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has asked the party’s TDs to decide over the summer if they are going to contest the next general election. He will (...)

Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht: “The evolution of public assemblies through representative government to modern democracy in Ireland is a worthy topic for discussion.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The decision to have a series of Seanad statements on the 750th anniversary of the first known Irish parliament was criticised in the House yesterday(...)

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the Cope Gallagher to retain her seat in the enlarged Midlands North-West constituency.

Europe’s final parliamentary seat was filled at sunrise in south Mayo yesterday when Independent MEP Marian Harkin edged out Fianna Fáil’s Pat the (...)