Senator Catherine Noone.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has been elected chairwoman of the Oireachtas abortion committee, which met for the first time on Wednesday in priva(...)

 People Before Profit  TD Brid Smith. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A ruling that Oireachtas groupings should not be allowed to rotate members on the abortion committee has been objected to in the Dáil by People Before(...)

 Hildegarde Naughton will be one of four Fine Gael TDs on the Oireachtas abortion committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs Hildegarde Naughton and Peter Fitzpatrick will take the final two slots on the 21-person Oireachtas abortion committee. Fine Gael and F(...)

Senator Catherine Noone says the issue is difficult for people on a personal level. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael TDs are reluctant to sit on the new cross-party committee on abortion, the party leadership has found. The names of the members of the Join(...)

Chief operations officer Kay Connolly (left) with Minister for Health  Simon Harris and Master of the National Maternity Hospital  Dr Rhona Mahony with the model of the proposed new facility.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Simon Harris has indicated the State will seek a stake in the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH) after its tra(...)

Prof John Crown has called on St Vincent’s University Hospital to declare its independence. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leading medical experts have called on the board of St Vincent’s University Hospital to provide public assurances that the facility operates independe(...)

Senator Rónán Mullen presents an Easter chicken to Senator Michelle Mulherin outside Leinster House. Photograph: John Mc Elroy.

Hot on the heels of the cuckoo comes Rónán Mullen and his chickens. It is a sure sign that Easter is on the way when the Galway Senator arrives in Le(...)

 Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen with party colleagues Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee and Willie O’Dea. Bazza wasn’t going to be pushed around anymore by Coveney or Enda Kenny or any other Blueshirt. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Emotionally drained, after a turbulent year, the brave men and women marched down the plinth and faced the press. They were determined to be themselve(...)

The remains of the late cardinal Connell at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin reflected on the age profile of those present at the funeral Mass for Cardinal Desmond Connell yesterday , as re(...)

 An Independent Senator said there were significant issues of public concern in the greyhound industry which received State funding of €16m a year. File photograph: Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

A man banned from working in the greyhound industry in Australia for using live animals for baiting, is now working in a kennel in Ireland, the Seanad(...)