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Labour Senator Denis Landy has criticised the delay in appointing Senators and delaying the sitting of the Seanad. He said it was “disrespectful” to the public that the Seanad has not sat in over three months. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to announce his 11 appointments to the Seanad today. Mr Kenny will appoint a number of failed general election candi(...)

Frances Black, running as an Independent, but supported by Sinn Féin, has been  elected to the Industrial and Commercial panel of the Seanad on the 27th count. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Singer Frances Black has been elected to the Seanad. Ms Black, running as an Independent, but supported by Sinn Féin, was elected to the Industrial (...)

Alan Shatter spoke on Tuesday of his upset at what he described as the misleading impression created by reports about expenses claims.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has described some recent coverage of Alan Shatter’s expenses claim as “grossly selective, unfair and(...)

Nama chief and former senior official of the National Treasury Management Agency, Brendan McDonagh: “Nobody came into us or contacted us. People were coming in and out of rooms. At 1am, we were told the government had decided to guarantee the banks.”

The Oireachtas banking inquiry has heard that there was no “substantive discussion” between the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) and the the(...)

Dinny McGinley: accepted payments related to his time as a primary school teacher for two years while on a ministerial salary of €130,000. Photograph: David Sleator.

A number of TDs, Senators and former ministers have chosen to retain pension entitlements from teaching roles alongside their current salary, accordi(...)

Senator Sean Barrett: called for a debate “on what is turning out to be a poll tax”

Water charges are turning into a “poll tax”, Independent Senator Sean D Barrett claimed, as he called for a debate on alternative ways to run Irish W(...)

‘While endless columns and air time are sacrificed to fulminations over the McNulty fiasco, the would-be stroke that has reduced the Oireachtas to an orgiastic lather can be reduced to one small and boring fact: Enda Kenny’s contempt for the Seanad.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

There are times when Prof Morgan Kelly’s dismissive description of this State as “tiny and boring” is annoyingly apt. Our political dramas are small a(...)

Senator Ivana Bacik: “Certainly, it is a matter of grave concern that the agency entrusted with the independent oversight of the Garda Síochána apparently has been subjected to surveillance.”

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik called for a debate on the suspected bugging incidents at the headquarters of the Garda Ombudsman C(...)

’Our aim is to create a forum for a bottom-up debate on the issues that matter,’ Lucinda Creighton writes.

Thanks to all those kind people who took the time to draw my attention to a tweet sent by Gerry Adams on Tuesday. It was a lovely way to start the new(...)

Senator Catherine Noone: “It is hard to take all of this on a continual basis’’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Catherine Noone (FG) accused Fianna Fail of “creating hysteria’’ about medical cards.“This is the same party with the same faces and voices who tried (...)

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