Ivana Bacik

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Historian Catherine Corless at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Tuam baby scandal has been described as Ireland’s “dirty little secret’’ by Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell. He told the Seanad on Tuesday (...)

Catherine Ardagh: What is most disturbing is Donald Trump’s sacking of Sally Yates. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil Senator Catherine Ardagh called for the setting up of a task force to work on behalf of the undocumented Irish in the United States. “As(...)

A view of the crowd, estimated at 5,000, at the Women’s March  in Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

The gathering under granite grey skies at the end of the Dublin leg of the Women’s March on Washington had to be moved from the GPO on O’Connell Stree(...)

Louise O’Reilly, Catherine Martin, Kate O’Connell, Norah Casey, Women for Election co-founder Niamh Gallagher, Fiona O’Loughlin  and Ivana Bacik at the Women for Election event.  Photograph:  Conor McCabe

The outcome of the general election was a vindication of the introduction of gender quotas, a seminar on women in politics was told on Thursday night.(...)

Spectators at Dublin Castle for the Referendum on Marriage Equality count in May of  2015: we must continue moving towards full equality for LGBT people. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Eighteen months ago, on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, our nation came together to declare that all people should be treated equally, no matter who they lo(...)

Late writer William Trevor: Tributes paid in the Seanad. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin Seanad leader Senator Rose Conway-Walsh led tributes in the Seanad to the late writer William Trevor. She wanted to “acknowledge the wonder(...)

 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(...)

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