Working group chairman Maurice Manning: “Rather than set aside a specific number of seats for emigrants and the North, we though it better to allow all citizens to vote on the same basis.” Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Allowing all Irish citizens to vote in Seanad elections is an essential component of political reform, Maurice Manning, the chairman of a working g(...)

Sheila Pratschke: the incoming chairwoman of the Arts Council told the Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht she wanted to ensure such an incident would not happen again. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Arts Council is reviewing its conflict-of-interest procedures after the mother of one of its departmental heads was awarded a €16,500 grant fro(...)

Incoming head of the Arts Council is to be questioned over a grant awarded to the mother of the head of traditional arts at the organisation. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The incoming chairman of the Arts Council is to be questioned today on an internal review being carried out by the organisation after the mothe(...)

A Dublin City Council worker keeps watch on flood defence barriers along the Clontarf seafront as a very high tide poses a risk of flooding in December 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Between 40,000 and 50,000 homes in the State remain without flood insurance, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Insurance experts who app(...)

Bill O'Herlihy takes over from James Morris. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

RONAN McGREEVY Veteran RTÉ broadcaster and public relations executive B ill O’Herlihy has been appointed as the chairman designate of the(...)