The antics of the elusive Dáil rodent have been well-chronicled.

Imagine the scene. Micheál Martin sitting down in the members’ bar having a cup of tea with a party colleague when a dirty great rat scuttles across (...)

 Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave  kept his silence when he was  interviewed by   Philip Boucher-Hayes on Tuesday’s edition of Drivetime. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Whatever else about tech entrepreneurs, they are not renowned for their timeless glamour. So kudos of a kind is due to Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgra(...)

Former tanaistí Mary Harney, Joan Burton, Mary Coughlan and Frances Fitzgerald at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Some people may be praising the Fianna Fáil leader for opting to put his country before his party by agreeing to support the Fine Gael minority govern(...)

Senator Gerard Craughwell is seeking a nomination. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael councillors may be only allowed to facilitate “truly Independent” presidential candidates to challenge Michael D Higgins, and not ones who a(...)

The Bill’s author, Independent Senator Frances Black, has called the settlements “a gross violation of international law”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil has confirmed that it was lobbied by the US State Department, the US embassy in Dublin and the Israeli embassy in an effort to get the par(...)

Bob Barnes, with family members at the funeral of his wife former TD, Senator and member of the Council of State, Monica Barnes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Fine Gael senator and TD Monica Barnes was described as “open and optimistic’’ by her daughter, Sarah, at her funeral in Killiney, Co Dublin. (...)

Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell: discouraged young people from being involved in politics, while a public gallery full of teenagers looked on.

Sometimes it feels as though there is a particular class of senators who approach the sport as pure hobbyists. This feeling – however misplaced – is g(...)

The president of DCU has called on policy makers to take action to help control the escalating rental cost of student housing. Professor Brian MacCrai(...)

These days, the Seanad is temporarily housed in an oversized room on loan from the National Museum. It is mere minutes away from the Dáil chamber, thanks to the OPW knocking down a party wall. Photograph: MaxwellPhotography.ie

It’s the little things that count. Fine Gael’s Martin Conway was most gratified when Leo Varadkar made his first visit to the Upper House since land(...)

Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said there were at least 30,000 cases involving tracker mortgage issues. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The senior bankers who caused the tracker mortgage scandal were described as a “shower of bastards’’ by Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin in the Seanad on Th(...)

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