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Jerry Buttimer: he said Dr Whitaker’s life was “the epitome of what good public service should be’’

Tributes were paid in the Seanad on Thursday to former civil servant and Senator TK Whitaker to mark his 100th birthday. Seanad leader Jerry Buttim(...)

Gay rights activist Tonie Walsh: “People were conditioned into a state of fear by the existence of the law.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was well after midnight when Tonie Walsh was woken by the ringing phone. On the line was a panicked friend. He had been out in Dublin and decided t(...)

How do you solve a problem like the Minister? “Everyone is convinced that Shane wants to get himself fired.” Photograph: Alan Betson

For a confident, ambitious man who likes a lot of attention and the sound of his own voice, the job of government minister must seem very attractive. (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square in Rome in April 2014. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

At the beginning of the Dáil week observers noticed the Taoiseach was in very good form. Perhaps it was something to do with the rapidly approaching(...)

Late writer William Trevor: Tributes paid in the Seanad. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin Seanad leader Senator Rose Conway-Walsh led tributes in the Seanad to the late writer William Trevor. She wanted to “acknowledge the wonder(...)

 Harriet Bruce, with her mother Phil Lloyd Bruce,   prepares to hand in a letter to     Tánaiste  and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald  on behalf of her husband    Kleber Medeiros who  she says was deported in error. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A Co Galway woman is appealing to Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to ensure her husband, who was deported to Brazil in July, is (...)

‘Senator Michael McDowell brought   innocence and intrigue in the Seanad.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

The Leas-Chathaoirleach of the Seanad was rendered red-faced and speechless on Tuesday when Michael McDowell blew the whistle on his brazen attempt to(...)

David Murray in his home on the top floor of a house in North Great George’s Street that houses his art collection. Photographs: Cyril Byrne

“I blame it all on Senator David Norris, ” says Dubliner, David Murray. “Norris first introduced me to the bohemian beauty of North Great George’s Str(...)

Senator David Norris on Budget 2017: “I think it is a complete and utter waste of time. It has been leaked for weeks.”

David Norris spoke for many on Tuesday afternoon after Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe performed the traditional reading of the budget leaks into t(...)

Fine Gael Seanad leader Jerry Buttimer: “Some people did not want to give an increase to anybody”

There were sharp exchanges in the Seanad on the budget. Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys claimed mystery surrounded when the social welfare increases(...)

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