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President Michael D Higgins at Croke Park on Monday. Frances Fitzgerald and Bertie Ahern are two names that have been linked to the presidency.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

President Michael D Higgins should serve a second term without having to contest another election, according to the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flan(...)

 People Before Profit  TD Brid Smith. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A ruling that Oireachtas groupings should not be allowed to rotate members on the abortion committee has been objected to in the Dáil by People Before(...)

 Hildegarde Naughton will be one of four Fine Gael TDs on the Oireachtas abortion committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs Hildegarde Naughton and Peter Fitzpatrick will take the final two slots on the 21-person Oireachtas abortion committee. Fine Gael and F(...)

Senator Catherine Noone says the issue is difficult for people on a personal level. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael TDs are reluctant to sit on the new cross-party committee on abortion, the party leadership has found. The names of the members of the Join(...)

Senator Ned O’Sullivan believes seagulls are problematic in cities. Photographs: The Irish Times/Courtesy Fianna Fáil

While it was initially treated as a joke, more politicians in Ireland and abroad are beginning to take note of the problems caused by seagulls, a Fian(...)

Parliament Buildings in the Stormont Estate, Belfast, Northern Ireland. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin Senators clashed in the Seanad on Tuesday on the political impasse in Northern Ireland. Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan(...)

Senator Ned O’Sullivan said he had experience of the negative aspects of social media when he had, “famously, or perhaps infamously”, made a comment about the seagull situation in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan has revealed he was physically threatened by an anonymous contributor to social media. “Something needs to be done(...)

Kevin Humphreys: “We have had committees, studies and the citizens’ assembly, but we have had very little legislation.’’

Criticism of “new politics’’ by Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys led to sharp exchanges in the Seanad. “Very few decisions have been made during the Go(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan said he was concerned about reports suggesting the hunting of  Killarney red deer had become “a purchasable pleasure’’.  File photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan has expressed concern about the reported sale of licences to shoot protected red deer in Killarney National Park in Ker(...)

“Anyone who uses the train regularly will have known for some time that people are just not using the rail network,’’ said Ned O’ Sullivan of Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

About €6 billion has been spent on public transport since 2008, Minister for Transport Shane Ross told the Seanad. “Even that figure excludes the cos(...)

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