The works are likely to see the Seanad moving for much of 2017, while also closing off the majority of the original Leinster House.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Dáil and Seanad could be temporarily moved out of Leinster House to allow for substantial renovations and building maintenance which may take up (...)

Clinical psychologist Dr Niall Muldoon is set to become the new Ombudsman for Children, succeeding Emily Logan

Clinical psychologist Dr Niall Muldoon is set to become the new Ombudsman for Children, succeeding Emily Logan. Dr Muldoon, who already works in the c(...)

Under new regulations from the Central Bank, banks must only lend 80 per cent of the value of the property value to owner-occupiers. File Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

What are the key changes? The main new rule is that banks must only lend 80 per cent of the value of the property value to owner-occupiers. So in gene(...)

Oireachtas TV is to be relayed to 1.1 million Irish homes. Photograph: Alan Betson

A dedicated television channel covering Dáil, Seanad and Oireachtas committees has been established nearly 50 years after a minister with responsib(...)

Ciarán Lynch:  said the committee’s initial responsibility would be to prepare a detailed proposal for the banking inquiry, including terms of reference

As the special Dáil committee inquiring into the banking crisis meets for the first time today, there are fresh doubts as to whether it will be able(...)

 Former Fianna Fáil Senator Ivor Callely  at Dublin Circuit Court earlier this month. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Supreme Court has heard final arguments in the appeal by a Seanad Committee against a decision upholding former Senator Ivor Callely’s challenge t(...)

Ivana Bacik (Labour) welcomed the announcement of the setting up of the inquiry

A number of Fianna Fáil Senators questioned the Government’s proposed Oireachtas banking inquiry. Paschal Mooney (FF) asked if it would be a political(...)

A prisoner under escort during the Civil War. At that time of great bitterness it could not have been foreseen that there would be a peaceful transfer of power after an election 10 years later. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

Earlier this year my father, Patrick O’Halloran, celebrated his 87th birthday. When he was born, on a Tipperary farm, Ireland had just come out of a v(...)

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, likes to use business metaphors but our Dáil operates on principles that no business could afford. Photograph: PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is fond of using business metaphors. “Ireland is open for business.” It is “the best small country in the world to do business in(...)

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, likes to use business metaphors but our Dáil operates on principles that no business could afford. Photograph: PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is fond of using business metaphors. “Ireland is open for business.” It is “the best small country in the world to do business in(...)