Hildegarde Naughton: Seanad newcomer. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The nomination by Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Galway West councillor Hildegarde Naughton as a Senator has been described as “vindictive” and a misuse of (...)

Denis O’Donovan: said that if the Upper House continued at its present pace, it would take 22 12-hour days to get through all the amendments. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Debate about allowing abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormality sparked angry exchanges in the Seanad.The amendment to the Protection of Life Dur(...)

Senator Jim Walsh: He is not a man to mince his words, known for his graphic and gruesome accounts of what is done to foetuses in the womb

Look carefully today at the women around you. All those damaged, drug-addled, alcoholic, self-harming, depressed, sex-addicted, suicidal women. Becaus(...)

UCD history professor Diarmaid Ferriter said plans to remove history as a compulsory subject under the new Junior Cycle programme were ’very worrying for the future’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

UCD history professor Diarmaid Ferriter said plans to remove history as a compulsory subject under the new junior cycle programme were “very worrying (...)

Even by the Seanad’s high standards, Marc MacSharry’s capacity for pomposity is quite something.

Senator Marc MacSharry from Sligo has a big interest in amateur dramatics, but he isn’t very good at it.Hams have been known to ask him for his autogr(...)

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