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“I didn’t believe that I had to go with someone because of culture,” Senator Eileen Flynn says speaking about her husband Liam Whyte. “It was actually(...)

Senator Eileen Flynn told the Seanad ‘the word ‘patriot’ has been used as something to divide rather than unite us’. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

A warning has been issued about the threat to Irish society from growing far-right activity and the need for solidarity to prevent its development. I(...)

Senator Eileen Flynn photographed outside Leinster House. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Traveller activist and recently appointed senator Eileen Flynn (30) says a piece of paper is no proof of anyone’s ability to make a success of themsel(...)

From left, sisters Philomena Connors, Helen O’Donoghue, Anne O’Reilly, Bridget O’Reilly, Mary Moran, Margaret Hutchinson and Kathleen O’Driscoll leaving court after their father was jailed for 20 years for their abuse. Photograph: Collins Courts

“The function of freedom is to free somebody else” This quote from African-American feminist Toni Morrison has particular resonance for the O’Reilly(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley was responding to questions on the Government plan to reopen schools in the Seanad on Tuesday.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The threat of coronavirus outbreaks occurring in schools when they reopen has been “overstated,” Senator Rónán Mullen has told a Seanad debate on the (...)

Hazel Chu, the new Lord Mayor of Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hazel Chu is the first person of colour to be elected Lord Mayor of Dublin. For the city, she wants to ‘make a difference’. For her party, she want(...)

Senator Eileen Flynn: ‘It’s been a lovely experience, the last few days.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Senator Eileen Flynn (30), the first Traveller woman in the Oireachtas, is proud of her identity. But she tells of a lifetime of hiding it. Having gr(...)

Eileen Flynn, from Ballyfermot in Dublin, will be first Traveller to sit in the upper house, and her presence there will give an important platform to one of Ireland’s most isolated minorities. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The failure to include a voice from Northern Ireland among the Taoiseach’s 11 Seanad nominees was a disappointing omission at a time when the work of (...)

Former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union, Ian Marshall, was elected a senator in a 2018 byelection. File photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

Former senator Ian Marshall has expressed his disappointment that he learned that he was not being nominated to the Seanad for a second term via socia(...)

 Travellers’ rights activist and now Senator Eileen Flynn. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Newly appointed Traveller rights activist Senator Eileen Flynn has said she wants to be the person to “break down barriers for Traveller people and fo(...)

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