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(...)

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Green Party candidate Grace O’Sullivan is expected to be elected to the Agriculture panel of the Seanad. The Waterford-based former Irish surfing cha(...)

Paschal Donohoe: Under pressure to retain his seat in Dublin Central

The substantial churn of TDs at the last general election saw a number of ministers lose their seats. The biggest ever cull of office-holders conduct(...)

Oireachtas banking inquiry chairman Ciarán Lynch (centre) with committee members on the publication of the final report at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

It started with a minority report, featuring Socialist TD Joe Higgins rather than Hollywood heart-throb Tom Cruise. And it concluded in the audio-vi(...)

Flooding in the area of Corbally in Limerick. Photograph: PA

Waterways Ireland has defended its role in managing water levels in Limerick city when the Park Canal burst its banks, wreaking havoc in the Corbally (...)

Former chief executive of Irish Nationwide Building Society  arriving at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke

Four more days. That’s all that’s left of the Oireachtas banking inquiry in terms of public hearings. Some nine months after the committee began takin(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive  David Drumm: offered to give the Oireachtas banking inquiry evidence by video from the United States. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

A majority of members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry do not support David Drumm’s offer to provide video evidence to the committee from the Unit(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen arriving at Leinster House for his appearance at the Banking Inquiry, July 2nd, 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Following Charlie McCreevy is developing into a theme for Brian Cowen. Having taken over from McCreevy in 2004 as finance minister, Biffo on Thursday (...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen speaks to the media as he arrives for his appearance before the Oireachtas banking inquiry at Leinster House on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Anglo Irish Bank was going down the tubes. Alarm bells were going off everywhere. But it wasn’t Brian Cowen’s job to keep a watchful eye on wha(...)

Former chairman of the Irish Financial Services Regulator Authority Brian Patterson said the authority could have done more and “done it sooner”. Photograph: Getty Images

The financial regulator at the time of the banking crisis was engaged in “principles-based regulation with not a lot of intrusion”, former chairman of(...)