Senator Eileen Flynn has appealed for all maternity hospitals to allow partners of pregnant women attend medical appointments with them. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A pregnant Senator has appealed for all maternity hospitals to allow partners of pregnant women attend medical appointments with them, amid variations(...)

The Seanad was told that the average length of stay in a nursing home is just over three years. File photograph: Getty

Legislation to amend the fair deal nursing-home scheme, which had the “unintended consequence” of penalising farmers and small businesses, will be bro(...)

These women appear to have been subject to an Upstairs, Downstairs regime in Leinster House, left without basic facilities. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leinster House is a big old building, and big old buildings are a devil to keep clean. The cleaners – almost all women – are on the go from the crack(...)

A July 2020 photograph of Defence Forces personnel training in the Glen of Immal in Wicklow. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government has defended excluding the Department of Defence from the terms of reference of the independent commission it established on the first (...)

Taoiseach  told the Dáil  on Wednesday that he would like to get back to Level 3 restrictions for December 1st. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Families should be given clarity over Covid-19 restrictions ahead of Christmas, while the risk of ongoing economic and social damage from lockdowns ne(...)

Simon Coveney said the Government had sought to recognise the veterans of siege by awarding a unit citation in 2016 and a specially commissioned Jadotville medal in 2017.

The issue of medals for gallantry for the Irish soldiers involved in the siege of Jadotville will be considered by an independent group of experts. (...)

A primary criticism is that Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is disconnected from his own parliamentarians, says one Leinster TD.  File photograph: Alan Betson

Late on Tuesday evening, 10 or so Fianna Fáil TDs, mostly drawn from those elected to the Dáil for the first time last February, congregated in a corn(...)

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 (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaves the GPO in Dublin’s city centre following the annual 1916 Easter commemoration on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The potential cost of the promises made by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in their coalition framework document has caused concern in both of their parliam(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone was one of several high-profile and hard-working women politicians from across the political spectrum who lost their seats. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

A disappointing feature of the general election was that the number of women elected to the 33rd Dáil increased by just one. In all 36 women were elec(...)

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