Independent Katherine Zappone said the fundamental issue at stake was “about the protection of a minority’s right to marry by opening a civil institution, to be protected and be able to become a constitutional family”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Legislation to allow for a referendum on same sex marriage has been passed in the Seanad with a standing ovation by many of those supporting the Bill.(...)

Senator Jim Walsh opposes some 35 sections of the legislation.

There were heated exchanges in the Seanad over proposals that donor-assisted human reproduction should be confined to married mother-and-father coupl(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald demanded a Yes or No answer. Photograph: Alan Betson

“You’re a wimp,” said Mary Lou McDonald.And in case the Tánaiste didn’t hear her because it was said off-microphone, she repeated it: “You’re a wimp.”(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin:  part of the Haddington Road agreement “is the winding back of some of the pay reductions during the course of 2016 and 2017 and into 2018, if I recall”.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A deal to restore pay to public sector workers is “certainly not” guaranteed, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said. Ho(...)

Olivia Mitchell: “We can be deluded and, if we make a decision about the president in a moment of temporary delusion, we will live with the consequences of it for seven years.” Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A senior Fine Gael TD has criticised the Government’s decision to hold a referendum on reducing the age for presidential candidates from 35 to 21, sa(...)

Alan Kelly: If a household has not registered by this date, “it will not be able to receive this €100 grant”. Photograph: The Irish Times

June 30th will be the deadline for registering with Irish Water to be eligible for receipt of the water conservation grant this year, Minister for Env(...)

Local communities hould be informed before a decision is taken to close a post office, Taoiseach says. Photograph: Frank Miller

Local communities must use their post offices if they want to keep them open, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.He made his comments as Independent TD Tom(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his support for Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his support for Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and his proposals to ensure compliance with the payment of (...)

 Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton said the idea that you could have discussions about all aspects of the establishment of a major utility, yet have no notes of those meetings, was “just not credible”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lucinda Creighton is seeking a formal inquiry into the lack of full documentation of meetings between then minister for the environment Phil Hogan an(...)

Former government minister Pat Carey described the gay marriage referendum as unique in Ireland, because “it is an exercise in civic engagement which has not been tried before”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Amnesty International has launched its campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum on marriage equality. The referendum on whether to allow marriage bet(...)