David Norris

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 Senator David Norris: a reluctant supporter of Britain staying in the EU.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Independent Senator David Norris has called UK Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson a “liar’’ in a debate on the eve of the referendum. “We all know Bori(...)

Senator David Norris has said that RTÉ’s Oireachtas Report programme is obliged to report on the Seanad. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Senator David Norris has said that RTÉ’s Oireachtas Report programme is obliged to report on the Seanad, “however vapid they may consider our proceedi(...)

Senator Billy Lawless: due back in Chicago this week for a hip operation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday morning in Washington, DC, Dick Durbin had some interesting information to impart to his fellow senators. “We all know the Senate of the(...)

When Ireland in 1990 signed up to the optional protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, we agreed to give the UN’s Human(...)

Denis O’Donovan: Fianna Fáil Senator was elected by 44 votes to six in the 60-seat House with the support of Fine Gael, Labour and a number of Independents. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The new Cathaoirleach of the Seanad has warned that if the Upper House is to make its mark, it must rise above a system of “Government versus the rest(...)

“There are escalators inside for Enda to make Donald Trump-style entrances down into the chamber (formerly the Cosmetics Hall and Karen Millen).” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leinster House is falling down Falling down, falling down Leinster House is falling down Where will the Dáil go? The renovation work has to b(...)

Enda Kenny: deciding who to appoint  to the Upper House. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is understood to be considering appointing Independent Averil Power to the Seanad. Mr Kenny has the power to select 11 candidate(...)

To mark the first anniversary of the marriage-equality referendum, Charlie Bird asks gay people, and their relatives, how Ireland has changed for the(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan is in the running to be the new Cathaoirleach of the Seanad. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan is likely to be the new Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, replacing outgoing Fine Gael Senator Paddy Burke. The Cork S(...)

Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

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