TDs, Senators and MEPs do not have an automatic right to parental leave. Members can take a leave of absence, but the rules are based on informal arrangements. Photograph: Getty Images

TDs and Senators should be able to access maternity and paternity leave, the Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl has said. In an interview with The Iris(...)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: also confirmed a counselling service was available to TDs, Senators and staff at the Houses of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

TDs and Senators are to be given training on ways they can assist constituents who present with mental health difficulties. Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fe(...)

Ray MacSharry: he is requesting that his name be removed from the record of the House and be withdrawn from the transcription of Ms McDonald’s comments

Former tánaiste Ray MacSharry has asked the Oireachtas Committee on Procedure and Privileges to remove references to him possessing an Ansbacher accou(...)

Charlie Flanagan: “If Paul Murphy believes he has a legitimate avenue of complaint, the option is available to him to contact the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. He has not done that.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has strongly criticised the Solidarity TD Paul Murphy for alleging the Minister defamed him during a Dáil debate(...)

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(...)

If the  dress code is introduced it may see TDs such as the above penalised for ‘dressing inappropriately’ by wearing clothing such as jeans and hats. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Dáil’s Committee on Procedures is to discuss on Wednesday whether to penalise politicians who dress inappropriately in the House. The committee w(...)

Brian Stack who was chief prison officer at Portlaoise Prison when he was shot in 1983.

Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell may have made defamatory comments when he linked two Sinn Féin TDs to the murder of prison officer Brian Stack, the parliame(...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman  Jim O’Callaghan: said there was a pressing need for a judicial council to be established. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Association of Judges in Ireland (AJI) has called for the establishment of a judicial council following claims made against a member of the judici(...)