Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: are Oliver Callan’s barbs getting to him?  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

A clumsy attempt at comedy by Leo Varadkar on Thursday night had guests at a special dinner in Dublin wondering if comedian Oliver Callan’s well-aimed(...)

‘In my view there is not a proportionate relationship between the claims made and the constant hiking of insurance costs which are threatening livelihoods at this stage,’  Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan told the Seanad on Thursday. File photograph: James Forde

Insurance companies could reduce the cost of premiums and still make significant profits, the Seanad has been told. Minister for Justice Charlie Flan(...)

With most women needing more than one pack and many also needing painkillers a woman’s 13 periods cost more than €100 per year. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

In a scene from I, Daniel Blake, Katie, a young, single mother visits a food bank and, while picking up some vegetables and other staples, asks if the(...)

Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee, said family law “is a very different type of law and tensions are particularly raised at this time of year”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A call has been made for the long promised amalgamated family law court centre to be urgently prioritised following the incident wher a man disrupted (...)

Leo Varadkar, Mr Varadkar’s partner Matt and friends with Kylie Minogue at the singer’s gig at the 3Arena. Photograph: Tiernan Brady/Twitter

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has denied he had a “free meal” with friends at a Kylie Minogue concert in Dublin earlier this week, after he was accused in a (...)

Fine Gael senator Jerry Buttimer was accused by Fianna Fáil senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee of using “misogynistic” and “gendered” language towards her.

And the winner of the High Dudgeon award for Overreaction of the Week goes to. . . Lorraine Clifford-Lee. The Fianna Fáil senator experienced a sudde(...)

Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer and Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee were involved in a row in the chamber. Photographs: The Irish Times

The Seanad was suspended for 15 minutes after a heated row over whether remarks by the leader of the House were misogynistic. Seanad leader Jerry But(...)

 Designer and Dress for Success founder Sonya Lennon was among the other panellists. Photograph:    Marc O’Sullivan

A calm, rational discussion can be a beautiful and enlightening thing. On Tuesday, I took part in a panel debate about gender inequality in business,(...)

What is your average breakfast? Lorraine: I grab a banana and eat it in the car. But at the weekends I have pancakes, it’s a thing me and my daughter(...)

Seanad Éireann in its  temporary home in the Ceramics Room of the National Museum of Ireland. File image: Maxwells.

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan has said he expects all his party colleagues in the Oireachtas to support the abortion legislation. He told the S(...)

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