Last November, the Government confirmed that a local division of the Unified Patent Court will be established in Ireland, which would allow businesses to resolve disputes around intellectual property rights (IPR) locally rather than in other EU member states. File photograph: Getty Images

The establishment of a new court described as crucial to securing the future of the so-called “knowledge economy” will require a referendum to amend t(...)

Alan Kelly:  a more realistic time frame was that the commission would be  operational ahead of the next European and local elections, in 2019. Photograph: : Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has committed to establish an independent electoral commission during its term of office.However, Minister for the Environment Alan Ke(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton: the vote was “a mark of the progress that has taken place in this country in recent years and decades, and indicates the extent to which attitudes to lesbian and gay people have changed”.

The same-sex marriage referendum, as well as the vote to reduce the age for presidential candidates and a pending Dáil byelection, is likely to be hel(...)

According to the Government, the citizens of this country will be asked to vote next year on our Constitution and society’s definition of marriage.(...)

It’s amazing how much people lie to pollsters, not only about what they might do but even about what they have just done. This week, having sat on it (...)

Here are your 11 ballot papers...Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

When you want to discover what a Government isn’t going to do, just read through its programme for government. Such documents are proof of the human (...)

Peter Tyndall: born in Dublin but has lived in Wales for 30 years and  has been Public Services Ombudsman for Wales for the last five years.

Peter Tyndall has been selected by the Government to succeed Emily O’Reilly as Ireland’s Ombudsman and Information Commissioner.Mr Tyndall, who was b(...)

 Micheál Martin TD, with Sen Sean Barrett, and Michael McDowell, SC at the Central Count Centre, in the Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The No vote for abolition of the Seanad “will be a very hard lesson for the Government that you can’t govern by focus group”, according to Democracy M(...)

Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan: ‘I have never received as many complaints from the public as I have about these two referendums.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

A call has been made for those responsible for the ballot papers in the Seanad and court of appeal referendums to appear before the Oireachtas oversig(...)

With so many changes to the Constitution proposed, referendum fatigue must now be a concern. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Conventional wisdom is you should never mistake a poll for a prediction. Instead, a poll should be treated as a measure of opinion at a point in time.(...)