Minister for Health James Reilly  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health James Reilly told the Seanad this afternoon that the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill was about protecting the life of the(...)

Fergal Quinn (Ind) said the Seanad should be reformed so that it could ensure citizens were protected from legislation which might have a negative effect on their lives.

The political establishment had failed for 75 years to introduce a single reform of the Seanad, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told Senators yesterday.He said t(...)

The Seanad chamber. “The Government decision this week to allow the Seanad Reform Bill 2013 to pass to committee stage without a vote arose for reasons of realpolitik rather than from any commitment to reform.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Events and debates this week in the Seanad and within the Fine Gael parliamentary party illustrate the complexity involved in parliamentary ref(...)

Spain’s Agriculture Minister Miguel Arias Canete (left) talks Simon Coveney at the start of an EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council at the EU Council in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

Anything good in Die Welt this week? Simon Coveney made the daily briefing notes column on Thursday thanks to the hours he put in during (...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: overcome with admiration for the Taoiseach

Faced with a threat of excommunication, Enda Kenny calmly and succinctly told the bishops last weekend where to go with their bell, book and ca(...)

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