People don’t have to be ‘going on the lash’ to celebrate Christmas meaningfully, the Taoiseach says. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

What is the appropriate seasonal salutation in a pandemic? Wishing others a “merry Christmas” seems irresponsible at a time when public health experts(...)

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan: said he understood senators’ ‘frustration and impatience’ at delay. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government’s decision to delay debate on Seanad reform for another year is not an exercise in “kicking the can down the road”, Minister of State M(...)

The Seanad passed an amendment ensuring Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman will hold a copy of the full archive as well as Tusla. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has told the Seanad that it is no longer “morally feasible” for his department to continue to refuse access to (...)

Prof John Sweeney said he reacted with dismay as weak aspects of the 2015 Climate Bill were incorporated into the Bill.  Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

The Government’s Climate Bill to boost the national effort to reduce carbon emissions has come under sustained criticism due to vague language, lack o(...)

Former minister for climate action Richard Bruton (Fine Gael) said for the first time carbon budgets were being introduced with binding targets. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Kevin O’Sullivan Environment & Science Editor Claims that the Government’s Climate Action Bill is “full of loose language” and fails to incorpor(...)

A Government Senator has hit out at the left wing parties protesting in the Dáil last night over speaking rights and described them as a “pack of rowdy undergraduates”. Photograph: Eric Luke.

A Government Senator has hit out at the left wing parties protesting in the Dáil last night over speaking rights and described them as a “pack of rowd(...)

Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan steered the National Oil Reserves Agency (Amendment) and Provision of Central Treasury Services Bill through the Dáil and Seanad. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The first piece of legislation in the new Government’s arsenal to de-carbonise the economy has been passed by the Dáil and Seanad. The legislation es(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh pointed out that the school curriculum was determined through an extensive process conducted by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, which resulted in the production of syllabuses or specifications for each subject area.  File image: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Senator who championed legislation to ensure Traveller history and culture is taught as part of the school curriculum has expressed her regret at (...)

Frances Fitzgerald on the campaign trail in Donnybrook. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Frances Fitzgerald’s age, the reason why people throw milkshakes at Nigel Farage and the marital status of Maria Walsh are among the top European elec(...)

 Fine Gael’s two Dublin candidates for the European elections, Frances Fitzgerald and Mark Durkan, canvassing at St Stephen’s Green Luas stop in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

If being an MEP for Dublin means something it’s lost on most voters.With barely a week to go until polling in the European elections, The Irish Times (...)

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