The Seanad chamber. “We need more originality of thinking, not less; more democracy, not less; more accountability by those in power, not less.” Photograph: Alan Betson

President Michael D Higgins has demonstrated the importance of a plurality of opinion at times of crisis. It is limiting and dangerous to have (...)

Former FF senator Francis O’Brien, who was one of three men charged with making an unwarranted demand for money from Michael Heelan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A retired Fianna Fail senator appeared along with two other men at a sitting of the District Court in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, today on a c(...)

“Not putting the Seanad’s status to the Constitutional Convention undermines the Labour Party position.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Some of the language on both sides of the spat between the judges and the Minster for Justice this week was overblown and some of the off-stage(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “The allegation that civil servants are frustrating a banking inquiry is outrageous.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A Bill to legalise abortion in certain circumstances, including the risk of suicide, is included in the programme of legislati(...)

Seán Fleming: ‘No politician has anything to fear’ from a banking inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The long-promised Oireachtas inquiry into the banking collapse is unlikely to take place until late next year at the earliest because of a serious (...)

Former senator and Donegal county councillor Bernard McGlinchey (left) at the 1998 Fianna Fáil ard fheis with former minister Jim McDaid (centre) and MEP Brian Crowley. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Stephen Maguire The death has taken place of renowned Donegal politician and businessman Bernard McGlinchey. The Fianna Fáil stalw(...)

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell: says present system for electing the Seanad is ludicrous

A former tánaiste has made a scathing attack on a Coalition proposal to abolish Seanad Éireann, deriding it as a “cheap stunt by which all poli(...)

Pat Farrell, who has been appointed BoI head of Communications. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish Banking Federation chief executive Pat Farrell has decided to leave the industry representative body to join Bank of Ireland as its new h(...)