Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile (left) with Liam Shannon, one of the so-called “Hooded Men”, outside Leinster House, Dublin, ahead of the hearing of the Sinn Féin private members’ Bill in the Seanad calling on the  Government to appeal a European Court of Human Rights judgment that the men’s treatment by UK authorities did not amount to torture. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is being called on to appeal against a European court decision that found the so-called “Hooded Men” did not suffer torture. Speaking(...)

Actor and film-maker John Connors: “A BBC presenter should be trying to bring people together, trying to mediate.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Actor John Connors turned down an appearance on BBC television as he was “disgusted” at the presenter’s attitude to the Irish language. He was invite(...)

Sinn Féin’s Niall Ó Donnghaile has called for a Department of Foreign Affairs office to deal with applications for Irish passports from  Northern Ireland. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Belfast-based Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has called for a dedicated Department of Foreign Affairs office to deal with applications for Irish(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan said  mediation as an alternative to the court proceedings will be a voluntary process. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has stressed that mediation as an alternative to the court proceedings will be a voluntary process. Mr Flanagan(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson said over a period of 35 years, Sinn Féin’s colleagues in the IRA “have removed over 24 members of An Garda Síochána by murdering them’’. Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile intervened to say he had no colleagues in the IRA. File photograph: Getty Images

The Seanad was adjourned briefly on Wednesday following angry exchanges between Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin Senators. Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wil(...)