Malcolm Byrne

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Senator Malcolm Byrne said there was a ‘serious shortage’ of staff in the Data Protection Commissioner’s office. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The biggest risk to Ireland’s reputation over the next decade will be a failure to properly resource the Data Protection Commission (DPC), the Seanad (...)

Deputy Mairéad Farrell (Sinn Féin) was elected to Galway City Council when she was 24 and she would encourage young people who were interested to ‘go for it’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Quotas for young people in politics, similar to gender quotas, and lowering the voting age to 16, were among the measures needed to attract young peop(...)

Minister for Media,  Arts, Culture and Sport Catherine Martin: Did she sanity-check Government decisions or was she even consulted? Photograph: Daniel MacDonald

When Catherine Martin was appointed Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht seven weeks ago, scepticism was expressed in s(...)

Wexford businessman Derek Webb was  subjected to derogatory comments from an  anonymous Twitter  profile, which used the name P O’Neill, a code-name often used by the Provisional IRA to sign statements.

A Sinn Féin member in Wexford has resigned from the party after using false social media profiles to abuse businessmen, politicians and celebrities. (...)

Green party TD Neasa Hourigan voted against the Government legislation five times. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Controversial housing legislation that one Green Party TD voted against and a Green Minister of State abstained on has been passed by the Seanad by 29(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry alleged State employees were opportunistic in using the crisis ‘to do nothing’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he does not agree with party colleague Marc MacSharry’s comments accusing public servants of using the Covid-19 cris(...)

Chinese Ambassador to Ireland He Xiangdong has said fears over unrest in Hong Kong have been ‘exaggerated’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Chinese Ambassador to Ireland He Xiangdong has said that reports about the restriction of civil liberties in Hong Kong and concentration camps for(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne will introduce an amended version of legislation first submitted in 2013. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 40 years after a referendum was passed to extend Seanad voting rights to graduates of all third level institutions, legislation to finally g(...)

It had been assumed that Micheál Martin would be taoiseach first but some in Fine Gael now think Leo Varadkar should remain in place to deal with Covid-19. Photograph: Niall Carson/AFP via Getty Images

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are discussing who should be taoiseach first – Micheál Martin or Leo Varadkar – in any coalition between the parties, Mr Var(...)

While some Ministers – including Katherine Zappone (above), Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran and Regina Doherty – lost their seats, they are not entitled to higher payments than their TD colleagues. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Dozens of Senators and TDs who unsuccessfully stood in the general election are entitled to almost €2 million in parachute payments between them, an I(...)

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