Catherine Murphy, Roisin Shorthall and Stephen Donnolly during the launch of the Social Democrats election campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Abolishing water charges and cutting insurance and energy costs could be done with virtually no exchequer cost, according to the Social Democrats. La(...)

Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik described retiring Senator Feargal Quinn as “a model for us in terms of his activity and immense contribution to the Seanad over those years”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Seanad adjourned indefinitely after tributes were paid to retiring Senators and voters were praised for retaining the Upper House in the referend(...)

Former Labour Party leaders (from left) Ruairí Quinn (led party from 1997 to 2002), Eamon Gilmore (2007-2014) and Pat Rabbitte (2002-2007): None are seeking re-election in 2016. File photographs: The Irish Times

Nineteen TDs from the 31st Dáil, including several former ministers, have announced they will not stand for re-election later this month. Two Senator(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin where they signed the dissolution of the 31st Dail. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has left Áras An Uachtaráin and arrived arrived back at Government Buildings after President Michael D Higgins dissolved the 31st(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

Minister For Health Leo Varadkar: said it appeared some girls first suffered symptoms at about the time they received the vaccine, and understandably some parents had connected it to their daughters’ condition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Teenage girls who believe the ill-health they are suffering is because of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer should be treated based on their sy(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton: defended the Government’s record on worker protection. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Increasing numbers of “rogue employers” are behaving like the owners of Clerys department store by setting up shelf companies and leaving workers wit(...)

Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik has  commended a social worker who “blew the whistle on the appalling extent of the abuse and the numbers of children who may have been affected”  in a foster home in the southeast. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Evidence of reckless endangerment may surface in the case of abuse in a foster home in the southeast, Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik has told the Se(...)

Catherine Murphy said there were “obvious questions of probity”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Questions have been raised about the awarding of the call service contract for Irish Water to Cork-based company Abtran. Social Democrats TD Catheri(...)

Senator Fergal Quinn introduces his last piece of legislation before his retirement from the Upper House.

A Bill that prohibits the use of a drone to photograph, video or conduct surveillance of another person’s home has been introduced in the Seanad. In(...)