Lynn Ruane, president of Trinity College Students Union, with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

NUI Former minister for justice Michael McDowell was the first to be elected to the Seanad on the National University of Ireland panel. He was elec(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny’s party has moved to comply with gender rules. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael has agreed to add four female candidates to its general election ticket to ensure it meets gender quotas. Ennis-based councillor Mary Howar(...)

The Seanad Chamber at Leinster House. Photograph: Alan Betson

Domestic violence should be criminalised, Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy has said. He told the Seanad he had made “a statement about my f(...)

How the Seanad voted on the Thirty-Second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Eireann) Bill 2013, allowing a referendum on the future o(...)

Richard Bruton Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and director of elections for the Seadad referendum with Regina Doherty who has been appointed as Fine Gael deputy director of elections at Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton has been accused of lying over his assertion that abolishing the Seanad would save €20 million a year and €100 millio(...)

Regina Doherty to make formal complaint over  Norris comments

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty is to make a formal complaint about remarks made about her by Senator David Norris in the Seanad today. Ms Doherty (...)

Deirdre Clune: “While the details of any condition can be ironed out, including the obligation to hold an Irish passport, and time limits after which a person living abroad could no longer vote, the concept is very worthwhile.’’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Senator Deirdre Clune (Fine Gael) called for the extension of voting rights to emigrants during the resumed debate on the legislation paving the way f(...)