Labour Party Seanad byelection candidate Maíria Cahill (second right) has come under increased pressure to clarify her links to a dissident republican group as voting draws to a close. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Labour Party Seanad byelection candidate Maíria Cahill has come under increased pressure to clarify her links to a dissident republican group as votin(...)

Fidelma Healy-Eames: ‘appalling’ that people cannot be buried on Sundays. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Funerals cannot be held in Galway city on Sundays because local authorities cannot afford the premium rates to provide the service, the Seanad has h(...)

Eileen King, Dr Tom Finegan and Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, speaking at a Mothers and Fathers Matter  press conference in Dublin. Ms Healy Eames said that the lack of female politicians in favour of a No vote in the same-sex marriage referendum was ‘political correctness gone mad’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Independent Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has said the lack of female politicians coming out in favour of a No vote in the forthcoming same-sex marriage(...)

 Senator Fidelma Healy Eames was challenged to produce any evidence that any US state had banned Mother’s Day.  On Monday, the Senator told Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show she had made “one” error in sending out the tweet. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has admitted she made a mistake when sending out a tweet claiming Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were banned in some states(...)

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, (...)

Fidelma Healy-Eames: to stand  as an Independent in Galway West as her constituents were overwhelmingly in favour of her standing as a non-party candidate. Photograph Collins/Courts

A former Fine Gael senator linked with Lucinda Creighton’s new party has decided to contest the next general election as an Independent. Fidelma Heal(...)

Hildegarde Naughton: Seanad newcomer. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The nomination by Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Galway West councillor Hildegarde Naughton as a Senator has been described as “vindictive” and a misuse of (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at a media briefing at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The mood of the Fine Gael parliamentary party moved firmly behind Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the leadership in its suppor(...)