Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has accused the government of arrogance in its approach to Seanad abolition. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The abolition of Seanad Eireann would represent “the final triumph for parish pump politics” in Ireland, the Green Party has said.The party today form(...)

We should make the Seanad responsible for more exercises in participative democracy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Richard Bruton is saying that our choice in this referendum is limited to either abolishing the Seanad or keeping it in its current form. But by what (...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan in september 2010,  when he was minister for communications, energy and natural resources, arriving at Government Buildings for a cabinet meeting. Photograph: Frank Miller

A quip made famous by the late Con Houlihan perfectly, if cruelly, describes the current status of the Green Party. A reporter with notions had left t(...)

Fianna Fáil has called on John Perry to clarify if he used his political position as Minister of State as leverage when dealing with banks  over his  personal financial difficulties.

Minister of State John Perry is facing growing political pressure to consider his position following the judgement obtained by Danske Bank in the Comm(...)

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Róisín Shortall: ‘I believe there is a need for a commission of inquiry to deal with this absolutely comprehensively and speedily, and I also think consideration should be given to the introduction of 
special powers.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Politicians from both sides of the Dáil have expressed differing views as to whether an Oireachtas-led inquiry is the appropriate way to investigate t(...)

Melting ice: Dublin Climate Gathering looked for ways to become a low-carbon society. Photograph: Reuters

There were very few facts and figures about the speed of the Arctic ice cap melting, freak flooding, hurricanes and extreme heat waves at this week’s (...)

Constitutional Convention  chairman Tom Arnold described as “overwhelming” the vote  in favour of retaining the electoral system status quo. Photograph: Alan Betson

Members of the Constitutional Convention have voted by a large majority to retain Ireland’s existing electoral system of electing TDs. The result, des(...)

“Derry is a rugged working city, but what it lacks in hanging baskets it more than makes up for in heritage, culture and artistic activity. From its famous walls to its thriving nightlife and music scene, Derry has something for everyone. It is a deserving current holder of the title of City of Culture. For a small city Derry fits in a lot, but retains a personal feel that bigger cities often lack. It is also an ideal base for exploring both Donegal and Northern Ireland.” Read the original nomination at http://iti.ms/181btTV

The judges of The Irish Times Best Place to Holiday in Ireland competition have chosen five finalists. The shortlist features three remote area(...)

 Eamon Ryan (44), Burnscove, Kishykirk, Limerick, took the case against The Ambassador Court Hotel, trading as the Charleville Park Hotel, in Co Cork. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

A men’s sauna club owner has been awarded €25,000 after he was unfairly dismissed from his job at a Cork hotel. Eamon Ry(...)

Eamon Ryan, leader of the Green Party, told delegates he was confident the party  would turn its fortunes around.

Leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan told delegates at the party’s 2013 annual convention at the weekend that the party’s futu(...)