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 Ged Nash said the Bill will apply to people such as actors doing voice-over work, session musicians and freelance journalists. Photograph: : Dave Meehan

A Labour Private Member’s Bill allowing for self-employed people to collectively pay bargain with employers was passed by the Seanad. Party spokesma(...)

Terry Leyden led the shameless tributes in the Seanad while Enda Kenny fired off a letter to the president elect but the Healy-Rae machine will “never get across the border”. Photographs: The Irish Times

Trump has triumphed. What next for the Narrow-mouthed Whorl Snail? The most powerful celebrity in the world will be able to do what he likes now in (...)

Fine Gael’s Michelle Mulherin: she paid tribute to Mrs Clinton, adding that the House had to be real because democracy had spoken

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik called for a Seanad debate on foreign policy following the US election. She said the result had “serious implications’’ for(...)

 Micaela Connery from Connecticut at the viewing party for Election Night 2016 hosted by the embassy of the United States  at the Guinness Storehouse, St James Gate, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

On an exceptionally cold night in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse was the hottest ticket in town. Politicians, political types, media, business peop(...)

Bridget Perrier, Fiona Broadfoot, Ne’cole Daniels and Rachel Moran, who gave testimonies about having survived prostitution, at the launch of the Turn Off The Red Light campaign at Leinster House  on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Women formerly involved in the sex industry have spoken of their experience of abuse, extreme violence and rape to lend their voices to a campaign fo(...)

Minister of State Damien English: introduced the legislation which has already been passed by the Dáil

A citizens’ assembly of 100 people picked at random using a polling company are in no better position to discuss constitutional issues than “100 peopl(...)

Independent Senator Lynn Ruane has defended the idea of free third-level education in the Seanad. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The proposed introduction of a third-level student loan scheme has been criticised by Independent Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell. “The idea of asking(...)

Senator Alice Mary Higgins pinpointed the creation of “a perverse incentive” for employers to pursue the “aggressive casualisation” of their workforces. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

On any freelance worker’s CV, tenacity, determination and patience are implicit qualities. Those attributes are necessary just to get paid. But the t(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor said she believed the House could agree on the principle behind the Competition (Amendment) Bill. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government has accepted the principle of Labour-sponsored Seanad legislation providing collective bargaining rights for freelance workers. Minist(...)

Members of the public celebrating the life of late British MP Jo Cox beside the Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Friends and former colleagues of the murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox attended a memorial gathering on Wednesday in Dublin to remember her and to celeb(...)

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