Expressions of sympathy on the late former TD Jackie Healy Rae were heard in the Dáil on Wednesday, nearly five years after his death. File photograph: Eric Luke

Lunchtime on Wednesday in Leinster House. The corridors are quiet. Leo Varadkar is still in the chamber answering routine questions about his departm(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Some light relief from Danny Healy-Rae to take everyone’s mind off Brexit when he called for the army to be mobilised to deal with the epidemic of wan(...)

 Senator Ronán Mullen (left) said any organisation collecting outside a church which had advocated a Yes vote in the abortion referendum should ‘be told, in a nice way, where to go’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A nice moment in the Seanad on Wednesday when Senators congratulated their colleague Frankie Feighan on his marriage to Elaine in Roscommon on Saturda(...)

Peader Tóibín was previously suspended when he diverged from party opinion over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín faces suspension from the parliamentary party for the second time after he voted against abortion legislation currently bef(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris  said Ireland’s relationship with alcohol was not good. “It damages our health, harms families and harms society.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Almost three years after it was first introduced in the Seanad controversial legislation to combat problem drinking has been passed by the Dáil. Appl(...)

Independent TD  Danny Healy Rae at Leinster House. File Photograph: Alan Betson

An environmental campaigner has brought a legal challenge to a decision to allow a company owned by Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae raise the level of (...)

The Bill provides for the extension of an automatic three months driving ban to first time drink driving offenders caught with between 50 mg and 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. Photograph: John Giles/PA

The contentious Road Traffic Amendment Bill has been passed by the Seanad after just over an hour’s debate on Tuesday on amendments to the legislatio(...)

Leo Lieghio, Collette Griffin, Margaret Kavanagh, and Julie Patten, all of whom lost a child in road traffic incidents.

As the Dáil descended into chaos over the Road Traffic Bill on Friday, Noel Clancy looked on in dismay from the public gallery. It was his amendment (...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl has urged TDs engaged in a filibuster delaying the passage of the controversial Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill to rethink their strategy. Phtotgraph: Nick Bradshaw

MICHAEL O’REGAN Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl has urged TDs engaged in a filibuster delaying the passage of the controversial Road Traffic (Amend(...)

Posters advocating a No vote were prominently displayed in Kilgarvan village, leaving locals in no doubt where the two Healy-Rae TDs stood on the contentious issue. File photograph: Dáil Éireann TV

The sense of surprise was palpable when it became clear that not even the mighty Healy-Rae machine could halt the abortion Yes juggernaut in the famil(...)

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