Mark Daly

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Defence forces veterans stand for the national anthem at the the State ceremony to commeorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in The National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin, last July. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The public will be asked for submissions on how the national anthem should be treated in the future. A Seanad committee will be set up with Fianna Fá(...)

Nicola Sturgeon with her fans: the politicians swarmed around their guest trying to position their phones while simultaneously elbowing colleagues out of the way. Photograph: Maxwells

There was a very touching end to Nicola Sturgeon’s morale-boosting Seanad visit. Starstruck Senators fell over each other as they battled to take se(...)

Minister of State for Education John Halligan told the Seanad: “It is my belief that all children who need to be transported to school should be transported.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Regulations covering the availability of concessionary seats on schools’ buses are being examined, Minister of State for Education John Halligan told (...)

From left to right: Congressman Brendan Boyle; chief operating officer for the Architect of the Capitol Christine Merdon;  Congressman Mick Mulvaney; House of Representatives chaplain Fr Patrick Conroy and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

There were no jokes about whether the new Irish oak would lean left or right when liberal Democrat congressman Brendan Boyle and his conservative Repu(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney (right): said rural people could see the impact of Government policies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Claims by Fianna Fáil Senators that the Government has abandoned rural Ireland led to sharp exchanges. Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly said some 20 GP(...)

The Irish rugby team stand for the national anthem. Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has said the national anthem should be brought back in to copyright. File photograph: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

The national anthem should be brought back in to copyright to avoid commercial abuse, Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has said. The copyright on Amhrá(...)

 Mayo GP Dr Gerry Crowley speaking at the No Doctor No Village public meeting. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Jerry Cowley, a Mayo GP who became an Independent TD in 2002 after he became infuriated by the standard of medical care in rural Ireland, stood in fro(...)

The Government has announced that drivers who smoke in cars in the company of children will face prosecutions and fines of €100 from New Year’s Day. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has announced that drivers who smoke in cars in the company of children will face prosecutions and fines of €100 from New Year’s Day. (...)

Minister for Children James Reilly who will announce details of the commencement of the measure today with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar

Drivers who smoke in cars in the company of children will face prosecution from January 1st. Minister for Children James Reilly and Minister for Healt(...)

Minister for State Kathleen Lynch: said tagging was in operation in a small number of cases for prisoners on temporary release.

There were exchanges in the Seanad in a row over the cost of tagging offenders rather than sending them to prison. Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly said(...)

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