The Bill paves the way for refugees to bring grandparents, cousins, nephews, nieces and siblings to Ireland by expanding the reunification programme. Photograph: iStock

The Government was defeated in the Seanad as a Private Member’s Bill allowing refugees bring their extended family to Ireland passed its committee sta(...)

Senator Lynn Ruane: she said her amendment was “just a line” obliging lawyers to remind the person that mediation was voluntary, and it may not be an option for them if there was a risk to their safety

An amendment to address concerns that victims of domestic abuse may be pressurised in new legislation to participate in mediation with their estranged(...)

Senator Lynn Ruane said the two men were probably at home “without any support after what is a tragic experience”.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A Dublin Senator has paid tribute to the efforts of two young men who attempted to resuscitate another man who drowned in the canal at Portobello brid(...)

An  anti-fracking campaign group in jubilant mood after the fracking Bill was passed  banning all fracking in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Hydraulic fracturing is set to be banned in Ireland after the Seanad passed legislation on Wednesday outlawing the practice. The House supported a Pr(...)

Senator Catherine Noone says the issue is difficult for people on a personal level. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael TDs are reluctant to sit on the new cross-party committee on abortion, the party leadership has found. The names of the members of the Join(...)

Senator Rónán Mullen presents an Easter chicken to Senator Michelle Mulherin outside Leinster House. Photograph: John Mc Elroy.

Hot on the heels of the cuckoo comes Rónán Mullen and his chickens. It is a sure sign that Easter is on the way when the Galway Senator arrives in Le(...)

Aldi hot tubs, which has sold out online within hours on Thursday in UK

Earlier this year, before things turned poisonous between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, we reported on an outbreak of generous collegiality between the t(...)

‘One side wanted to enable young people and have their contribution to society and capabilities and enthusiasm recognised and their franchise extended.’ File photograph: Getty Images

The Seanad voted on Wednesday to delay a Bill seeking to reduce the voting age in local and European elections to 16. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael co-o(...)

 Tesco workers and supporters at a picket in Artane. Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan said up to 250 long-serving workers had been told they could either lose their jobs or take cuts in pay and accept changes to their shifts. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Seanad Éireann has given cross-party support to a motion calling on the management of Tesco in Ireland to respect the rights of long-serving Tesco wor(...)

Senator Alice Mary Higgins: told by  Leo Varadkar that  he intended to make pensions a big issue in 2017. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An amendment to the Social Welfare Bill to prevent solvent companies closing down defined benefit pension schemes was ruled out of order in the Seana(...)

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