Fergus Finlay: “If I described Ronan Mullen as a Government expert because 100 per cent of his income comes from the taxpayer, apart from his political contributions, he would be outraged.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Tactics employed by the No side in the same sex marriage referendum campaign have been described as “cynical”, “dishonest”, and as exploiting a “polit(...)

Senator  Ronan Mullen said the organisations received almost €15 million from Atlantic Philanthropies in recent years. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has claimed philanthropist Chuck Feeney is interfering in Irish democracy by funding gay rights groups. Mr Mullen m(...)

Senator Rónán Mullen: “The spin started with calling this the marriage equality referendum. That is designed to make people guilty as they go in to vote.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has said the same-sex marriage referendum will restrict the Government’s ability to legislate for surrogacy.Mr Mulle(...)

Senator Rónán Mullen said voters should not be manipulated by the Government’s framing of the issue. “Marriage equality’ is designed to emotionally push the voter in a particular direction… If you’re in favour of equality and all that stuff, you’ll vote Yes. If you’re a bigoted type, you’ll vote No… that’s not acceptable.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

An event held at UCD entitled Redefining Marriage: the Human Rights Case for Voting No, organised by a faculty group to “present the case against the (...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan says the garda involved in Yes campaign photocall ‘acted in good faith’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Groups campaigning for a No vote in the same-sex marriage referendum have called on Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to make a comprehensive st(...)

The proposed amendment to Article 41 is the insertion of the line: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

What are we voting on? On Friday, May 22nd, voters will be asked whether the Constitution should be changed so as to extend civil marriage right(...)

Senator David Norris: disgraceful to claim that the Government was anti-child. There was an “offensive and bullying’’ tone involved in the criticism. Photograph: David Norris

Following more than 120 amendments and as many days of debate the Children and a Family Relationship Bill has passed in the Seanad.Senators, along wit(...)

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(...)

Senator Ronan Mullen: legislation facilitates fundamental attack on child’s rights. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Senator Ronan Mullen has warned the Government and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald that legislation updating family law will destr(...)