President of the Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, said  the “Oireachtas should realise that we were in 21st century now and re-evaluate the matrix of opening prayers by revising the standing orders of Dáil and Seanad”.

The Dáil and Seanad have rejected requests that a Hindu prayer be read at the opening session of debate in each chamber. Expressing his disappointme(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl is understood to want a stricter enforcement of the rules. Picture Nick Bradshaw

A prayer should continue to be said at the beginning of business in the Dáil and Seanad, the Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges has de(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan pictured at Garda Head Quarters, Phoenix Park in 2015. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald was sharply criticised in the Dáil on Tuesday and accused of “evasion” in a heated row over her responsibility to answer q(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó’Fearghaíl  said he understood people may be concerned about the potential for a situation here similar to what occurred in London this week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Security arrangements at Leinster House are to be enhanced later this year, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó’Fearghaíl has said. Under the new procedures, ever(...)

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith raised the issue of Ibrahim Halawa whose trial in Egypt was suspended on Wednesday for the 20th time. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Dáil was suspended for 10 minutes in a row over Ibrahim Halawa. Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl adjourned proceedings after People Before Profi(...)

Haughey family members including Seán Haughey (left) and Ciarán Haughey (right) escort the remains of Maureen Haughey at her funeral at Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Maureen Haughey (91), who died on St Patrick’s Day, used to joke that her late father, former taoiseach Seán Lemass, could never pronounce the word lo(...)

 Nicole Joyce (13)  from Kells and Hannah McGinley and her daughter Ciosa McGinley from Galway  at Buswells Hotel watching the Dáil debate on recognition of Traveller ethnicity. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny got a rare standing ovation in the Dáil on Wednesday night as he uttered words many of those attending had been waiting more than(...)

Brendan Howlin:  The Labour leader wondered if it might not be a good idea for Nóirín O’Sullivan  to step aside or “be placed on administrative leave” for the duration of Mr Justice Peter Charleton’s investigation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s difficult to get attention when you’re only small. Toddlers are hard-wired to overcome this. They know how to throw a tantrum. Politicians fro(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan:  said “the security forces here would be very concerned about agents from another country operating in this jurisdiction”.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan will next week discuss the operation of undercover British police officers in the Republic with Northern(...)

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin said it was troubling that the Garda Commissioner remained on active duty. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has reiterated his support for Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan as claims were made in the Dáil that she was directly involv(...)