Michael Mcdowell

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Cathaoirleach of the Seanad Senator Mark  Daly said Senators had to redouble their efforts to restore that public confidence following golfgate. File photograph: Alan Betson

Cathaoirleach of the Seanad Mark Daly was accused of exceeding his functions as chair of the Upper House by referring to the “Golfgate” controversy du(...)

Empty plinths outside the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin after the statues were removed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The owners of the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin have asked for another four weeks to deal with the issue of the statues which it removed, allegedly witho(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin needs to earn our backing by communicating frankly with us. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

It is now clear that we are going to have to live with Covid-19 in our midst for the indefinite future. The consensus is that we simply cannot succeed(...)

One of the statues removed by the hotel. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Enforcement action has been initiated by Dublin City Council against the Shelbourne Hotel for the removal of four statues from the front of the buildi(...)

Chinese Ambassador to Ireland He Xiangdong has said fears over unrest in Hong Kong have been ‘exaggerated’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Chinese Ambassador to Ireland He Xiangdong has said that reports about the restriction of civil liberties in Hong Kong and concentration camps for(...)

Senators will argue on Wednesday that there is no constitutional impediment to the summoning of a Seanad  with 49, rather than 60, members. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

If Green Party members end up rejecting the programme for government, there are two immediate possibilities this weekend: either a government is cobbl(...)

Ivana Bacik said the Senators are “actively preparing” papers to submit to court next week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A group of Senators has confirmed it is to go ahead with a High Court application next week seeking a declaration that it is constitutional for the Se(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: her accord with Emmanuel Macron is a conscious end-run around the German Constitutional Court. Photograph: Odd Andersen

When Angela Merkel joined Emmanuel Macron on Monday to announce their support for a €500 billion pandemic recovery package, she was not only breaking (...)

The big issue is not the money – it’s what we do with it. Photograph: Getty Images

Let’s begin with the most expensive cabbages in the world. They tell us something about the way in which the debate on the public finances after the c(...)

The Dáil meets this afternoon for a four-hour session to debate the pandemic. File photograph: The Irish Times

Independent Senator Michael McDowell has called for the Dáil to establish a Covid-19 Oireachtas committee to monitor the State’s response to the coron(...)

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