The working group on Seanad reform chaired by the former leader of the House and current Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, Maurice Manning, has recommended that work begin immediately on legislation to give effect to the recommendations.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

All Irish citizens including emigrants and residents of Northern Ireland should be allowed to vote in Seanad elections according to an official report(...)

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Sinn Féin: said the proposals for Irish citizens living abroad fell far short of what people wanted and deserved. Photograph: Alan Betson

Proposals to extend Seanad voting rights to emigrants and people living in the North are unlikely to be implemented before the election due early nex(...)

NUI chancellor Maurice Manning, chairman of the expert group on Seanad reform. Photograph: Alan Betson

A report believed to recommend radical reform of the Seanad and its electoral system has been presented to Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The report has(...)

‘Irish Times’ editor Kevin O’Sullivan, with former editors Geraldine Kennedy and Conor Brady at the launch ‘The Irish Times 150 Years of Influence’, in the National Library. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new history of The Irish Times has underlined its repeated ability to transform itself and remain relevant to a discerning audience, the editor of (...)

Colm O Gorman, Mary Murphy, Tom Arnold  and Michael Mc Dowell at the Convention on the Constitution in February 2014. Photogaph: Cyril Byrne

Only two of 18 recommendations for constitutional change made by the Convention on the Constitution are to be put to referendum. The Government(...)

The group will examine submissions and proposals for reform which have already been made and will look at the role of a reformed Seanad within the political process. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new group established by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to examine proposals for Seanad reform is to report back to the Government by March.The membership of (...)

Tom Arnold:   ‘Many poor countries are suffering the double burden of undernutrition and a growing obesity problem.’ Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland’s leading role in campaigning against world hunger has “really paid off” and we need to build on this as the United Nations draws up new devel(...)

The Irish Times Ltd  recorded an operating profit of €2.7 million in 2013, up from €1.7 million a year earlier. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Irish Times Ltd made a pretax profit of €5.4 million in 2013 as group revenues rose 3.6 per cent to €84.4 million. Higher income from contr(...)

Former Concern Worldwide chief executive Tom Arnold will next week take up an interim role as coordinator of the United Nations’ Sun Movement,  which  aims at reducing the number of people across the world affected by malnutrition. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Former Concern Worldwide chief executive Tom Arnold will next week take up an interim role as coordinator of a United Nations initiative aimed at r(...)

Attorney General Maire Whelan SC addressing the Bar Council annual conference in Westport over the weekend. The president of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, spoke at the conference of the “ many, many able women lawyers”. Photograph: Conor McKeown

The president of the High Court has urged qualified women to apply for places on the bench when lots of vacancies arise in the coming months. With nin(...)