Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad

Former Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has been elected to the Seanad and two other ex-TDs who lost their Dáil seats are also expected to win in the Upper(...)

  Pat Deering: “It’ll be perceived, rightly or wrongly, as power at all costs and the re-election of Enda at all costs.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Suspending water charges could be seen as Fine Gael and Enda Kenny seeking to hold on to power “at all costs”, a party backbencher said last night. (...)

Detail from Matriline, a Kathleen Lynn Mosaic by Mary Kelly

By any standard, Kathleen Florence Lynn ranks as a hard act to follow. Insider on the Outside is a co-ordinated series of exhibitions curated by Cath(...)

A Scientology building in Buffalo, New York. A chiropractor was ordered  to pay €5,000 damages for a ‘vitriolic and personalised’ attack on the character of a Co Mayo man who opposes the church’s beliefs and teachings. File photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

A chiropractor was ordered by a judge on Monday to pay €5,000 damages for a “vitriolic and personalised” attack on the character of a Co Mayo man who (...)

Cork’s Áine O’Sullivan, Cork, is tackled by Muireann Ni Scannaill of  Dublin during the women’s National Football League  Division 1  semi-final at  St Brendan’s Park, Birr, Co Offaly. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile *

Cork 1-15 Dublin 0-11 Ephie Fitzgerald hailed his “phenomenal” Cork women’s senior footballers after watching them advance to a ninth successive Lid(...)

Rory O’Flaherty (right), chairman Lough Lein Anglers presenting the Charity Cup to Noel Duane, winner of fly-fishing competition in Killarney

Stationed on the bridge overlooking the canal stretch alongside Ross Castle on Lough Lein in Killarney, Timothy O’Sullivan, “Timo” to his friends, be(...)

Take a jaunt in Killarney For a park for all seasons, you’d be hard pressed to beat Killarney National Park in Co Kerry. You can walk through it, b(...)

Irish TV chief executive Pierce O’Reilly, Brian Morris, general manager of Global Media & Entertainment Services Tata Communications, John Griffin Irish TV chairman, Alex Sharp, strategic manager partner Tata Communications, Mairead Mulhern managing director Irish TV at the announcement of the partnership between Irish TV and Tata Communications.

Ireland’s first international television station is to extend its reach to audiences following a multi-platform access deal announced with Tata Commun(...)

RSA boss Moyagh Murdock: 30km/hr should be the default speed in all built-up areas. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Local authorities are being urged to introduce a 30km speed limit in the Republic’s towns and cities and around schools. As well as protecting pedestr(...)