John Halligan: ‘We are talking about people who, in their most desperate moment of life, are being deprived of their humanitarian rights.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Independent TD John Halligan moved a Private Member’s Bill providing for “a dignified and peaceful end of life’’ for qualifying persons. He said the(...)

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn introduced the Gradam an Uachtaráin Bill 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Senator Feargal Quinn has called for the introduction of a State honours system to recognise exceptional achievement. He introduced a P(...)

A recent report by the Alone organisation showed more than a third of older people in long-term nursing homes had low to medium dependency needs. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Independent TD Tom Fleming called for the provision of supportive housing and nursing facilities to allow the elderly live in their communities. (...)

Senator David Norris praised O’Connell Street cleaners.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent Senator David Norris claimed Irish people were “filthy’’ as he repeated his criticism of the neglect of Dublin’s O’Connell Street. He sa(...)

Independent TD Shane Ross: ‘One could have a headquarters with two men and a dog and we can be sure that is what we will have eventually.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent TD Shane Ross described the retention of the Aer Lingus headquarters in Dublin as “a meaningless, token gesture”. “One could have a(...)

 Independent TD Mick Wallace: told Dáil that in 2012 a garda told Enda Kenny   about  malpractice in relation to a  superintendent and ‘you gave approval to the promotion of this superintendent’ who is now the subject of  investigations. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

There has been “serious Garda malpractice’’ in the Athlone area, claims Independent TD Mick Wallace.He told the Dáil, at Opposition leaders’ questions(...)

Senator Ronan Mullen: legislation facilitates fundamental attack on child’s rights. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Senator Ronan Mullen has warned the Government and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald that legislation updating family law will destr(...)

Independent Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames has suggested that passing the marriage equality referendum could lead to the end of Mothers’ Day.

Independent Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has suggested that passing the marriage equality referendum could lead to the end of Mother’s Day.In a tweet, (...)

Kerry TD Tom Fleming said Save Rural Ireland had met TDs and Senators to express their views on rural Ireland’s continuing demise. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Independent TD Tom Fleming has called for the inclusion of a specialised rural policy in any future programme for government.“This has not been done (...)

Independent TD Tom Fleming: ‘The inner parts of towns are becoming denuded of people because of the growth of large multiples on the outskirts.’ Photograph: David Sleator

Independent TD Tom Fleming claimed there was a “two-speed” economic recovery under way.He said while Dublin and some of the larger cities and urban ar(...)

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