Prof John Crown: said a lack of co-operation between hospitals and hospices was making it more difficult to provide top-notch end-of-life care. Photograph: Alan Betson.

A lack of investment in palliative care services means many people are being “disempowered” at the point of death, according to a cancer specialist wh(...)

So many reports and recommendations advocating Seanad reform have gathered dust over the decades that it is difficult to become enthused by the latest(...)

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone. Ms Zappone will raise changes to the One-Parent Family Payment in the Seanad.    File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Changes to the One-Parent Family Payment (OPFP) are to be raised in the Seanad on Wednesday by Independent Senator Katherine Zappone. Ms Zappone said (...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell: suggested “accident-free days” notices

Leading GAA figures should be used to promote farm safety, the Seanad public consultation committee has heard. The committee also heard suggestions f(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin (above) and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan have received  pre-budget submissions and met groups ahead of  tomorrow’s budget. Photograph: Eric Luke

Having had to introduce a series of unpopular budgets since coming to power in 2011, this year’s process must feel a little alien to the Coalition. Th(...)

Hildegarde Naughton: ‘What is happening now is a review of the situation as the programme comes to a close.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael Senator Hildegarde Naughton has said Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar should address the Seanad to clear up any confusion about the futu(...)

Fianna Fail leader Micheá Martin and Senator Averil Power at the Fianna Fáil press conference on the Seanad Reform Bill 2014  in Dublin today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has published a Bill on Seanad reform that proposes fundamental changes to the way in which Senators are elected as well the composition o(...)

There was a high level of support for the No side in the “breakfast-roll man” Dublin commuter belt constituencies, with 54.6 per cent of voters rejecting the proposal here. Photograph: Alan Betson

There has been a lot of emphasis in recent days on the low voter turnout levels in last Friday’s referendums and the likely impact that had on (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  walks away after a  press conference at Dublin Castle on Saturday following the No vote in the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is anxious to see the Seanad become an effective watchdog to hold the Government to account. Still reeling from what (...)

     Enda Kenny speaking to the media outside the count centre in Dublin Castle after the defeat of the referendum on Seanad abolition. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a torrid day for unicameralists, the one chamber aficionados. It was an even worse day for Enda Kenny. “Sometimes in politics you get a wallop (...)