The Taoiseach’s nominee to the Seanad Cllr Hildegarde Naughton was welcomed into the Upper House today. She replaces Martin McAleese.

The Taoiseach’s nominee to the Seanad Cllr Hildegarde Naughton was welcomed into the Upper House today.Ms Naughton was nominated by Enda Kenny on Frid(...)

File image of John Kelly with Labour part leader Eamon Gilmore (left). Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

There were chaotic scenes in the Seanad today in a row over replacing rebel Fine Gael and Labour senators on Oireachtas committees.Labour Senator John(...)

Senator Ronán Mullen: “The Taoiseach, the Ministers and the Government should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for bringing this cruel and corrupt legislation before use”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government’s abortion legislation may incentivise a doctor to provide an abortion instead of an early inducement to avoid liability where a baby i(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik call for Seanad debate on separation of church and State. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A call by Labour Senator Ivana Bacik for a Seanad debate on the separation of church and State led to sharp exchanges.Ms Bacik said she looked forward(...)

People gather outside the Dáil on Kildare Street t the beginning of the debate on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

The posters appeared on lamp-posts overnight in Tallaght earlier this month. They had been recycled from Fine Gael’s campaign during the children’s re(...)

Ronan Mullen accused the Coalition Government of engaging in spin.

Senator Ronan Mullen (Independent) warned a “sad new chapter’’ would open in Irish life if the Government forced the Protection of Life During Pregnan(...)

Dr Eamonn Moloney, consultant psychiatrist, Cork University Hospital; Prof Veronica O’Keane, consultant psychiatrist, Tallaght Hospital and TCD; and Dr Yolande Ferguson, consultant psychiatrist, Tallaght Hospital, attending Monday’s hearing of the Oireachtas health committee.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The principal outcome of the three days of abortion hearings at the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children was that the agenda has moved o(...)

Jerry Buttimer TD speaks to perinatal psychiatrists Dr Anthony McCarthy and Dr Joanne Fenton outside Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Doctors differ and patients fly. This was the one indisputable fact from day two of the second round of Oireachtas hearings into the pro(...)

RONAN McGREEVY After a year's hiatus from the airwaves, impressionist Oliver Callan brings his new show to RTÉ Radio One tomorrow eveni(...)

Independent Ronan Mullen called on Minister for Health Dr James Reilly to attend the House to discuss the Government’s plans on abortion. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Ronan Mullen called on Minister for Health Dr James Reilly to attend the House to discuss the Government’s plans on abortion. (...)