Senator Michael McDowell said extra time should be given to debate the controversial legislation. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Claims that legislation dealing with the records of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes must be passed by the end of the month (...)

 Angela Dorgan . Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cuts to the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) have generated fear and panic among artists, an Oireachtas committee has heard. The National Campaig(...)

Senator Joe O’Reilly told his colleagues that ‘over the years, the Seanad has been a catalyst for social change and new thinking’.

Fine Gael senator Joe O’Reilly is the new Leas Cathaoirleach of the Seanad. He replaces party colleague Senator Jerry Buttimer, who resigned over hi(...)

Dara Murphy registered his presence in Leinster House on 42 of the 104 sitting days in 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Interesting figure from the Dara Murphy fob-a-job abomination – while the bulk of his appearances in Leinster House occurred when the Dáil wasn’t in s(...)

No Child 2020 is a new initiative by The Irish Times, providing a sustained focus on child welfare and children’s issues over the coming year. In(...)

Sinn Féin Senator Fintan Warfield said US and British studies had found that LGBT+ people made up a significant portion of the homeless population. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

There is a lack of gender-neutral homeless accommodation to cater for transgender people, officials from the Department of Children have told the Oire(...)

Ophir Kariv, the Israeli ambassador, described the Occupied Territories Bill as ‘the most extreme, anti-Israel piece of legislation in the western world’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Campaigners calling for a boycott of the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv next week have rejected claims by the Israeli ambassador that they are ex(...)

The Dorchester Hotel in London, owned by the Sultan of Brunei. Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Attorney General Séamus Woulfe has postponed his induction into a prestigious international legal academy due to the ceremony being held at a London h(...)

The Musicians Union of Ireland called on its members to attend a protest at RTÉ, organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which called for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Israel this year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Palestinian rights campaigners have protested outside RTÉ against the broadcaster’s decision to participate in this year’s Eurovision in Israel. A pe(...)

‘You can bet the house’ that Peter Casey, pictured, will run for the European Parliament, and the Dáil, according to his friend Senator Gerard Craughwell. Photo Nick Bradshaw

He hasn’t gone away, you know. Peter Casey, the initial no-hoper who confounded commentators and critics by coming a strong second to Michael D Higgi(...)

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