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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 (...)

The Taoiseach’s nominee to the Seanad Cllr Hildegarde Naughton was welcomed into the Upper House today. She replaces Martin McAleese.

The Taoiseach’s nominee to the Seanad Cllr Hildegarde Naughton was welcomed into the Upper House today.Ms Naughton was nominated by Enda Kenny on Frid(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government intends to process all third-level grant applications by Chirstmas, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said.Mr Gilmore was replying in the Dáil(...)

Senator Darragh O’Brien: remarks “deeply, deeply upset” him

Fianna Fáil Senators clashed during heated exchanges over graphic remarks about abortion made by some members of the party.The party’s Seanad leader, (...)

Senator Feargal Quinn: said the Seanad was in the last chance saloon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Government had a comfortable majority last night in the first crucial vote on the Bill allowing a referendum to abolish the Seanad.Independent S(...)

Assistant chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Will Kerr pictured at Monday’s press conference. Photograph: Pacemaker

Belfast suffered a fourth night of violence last night with blast bomb attacks in the north and east of the city. Several hundred protesting loyalis(...)

An anti-abortion protestor prays outside the Dail tonight as the amendments to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill are debated. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government has won the final vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 by 127 votes to 31.Fine Gael’s Lucinda Creighton voted agai(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: strong regulation of defined pension schemes was essential to protect scheme members and the taxpayer. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has been accused of “fiddling” while pensions burn fast, in a Dáil row over the crisis in defined benefit schemes.Fianna Fáil leader Mi(...)

The scene outside the Dáil yesterday while the debate on the abortion Bill was being held.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than two-thirds of Fianna Fáil’s 19 TDs voted against the second stage of the abortion legislation in the Dáil last night, in the largest turnout(...)

Creighton to vote with her conscience on abortion

Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton has told the Dáil that she will vote in accordance with her conscience on the Government’s ab(...)

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