The Seanad has backed the continuing existence of the non-jury Special Criminal Court for another year as well as provisions to tackle organised crime(...)

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: ‘It will be some time yet before there is a sufficient level of the entire population fully vaccinated.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The State needs to be able to impose emergency public health restrictions into late autumn or early winter, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has s(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne pointed to the surge in data centres held in Ireland and said that “until we start to treat data like gold, we will not realise the scale of how important this is”. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Some 30 per cent of the European Union’s data is stored in Ireland and that is a measure of how serious cyber security and the attack on the HSE’s IT (...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said it established a ‘comprehensive framework for dealing with the corrosive legacy of the past’ . Photograph by Crispin Rodwell

Gardaí will be permitted to give evidence at Troubles era inquests in Northern Ireland after urgent legislation was passed by the Oireachtas. The Cri(...)

The Minister for Justice has said republican paramilitary groups remain ‘wedded to brutality and criminality’. File photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

Emergency anti-terrorist and organised crime legislation has been renewed for another year after it was accepted in the Dáil by 63 votes to 21 and pas(...)

With fewer than 60 days before the UK leaves the EU, demand for passports has caused post offices in Northern Ireland to run out of forms. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Department of Foreign Affairs is preparing for 300,000 additional applications for Irish passports this year – an increase of more than one-third (...)

Fine Gael Seanad leader Jerry Buttimer: “Some people did not want to give an increase to anybody”

There were sharp exchanges in the Seanad on the budget. Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys claimed mystery surrounded when the social welfare increases(...)

A post-Brexit rise in demand for Irish passports won’t casue delays for applicants, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Joe McHugh. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The fallout from Brexit should not cause delays in issuing passports, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Joe McHugh has said. “The passport servic(...)

More than 125 countries worldwide have some provision to allow emigrants to vote from overseas, but currently, Ireland has no system in place. Image: iStock

Organisations representing Irish citizens overseas have welcomed the announcement that a referendum will be held early next year on the right of emigr(...)

Sinn Féin party whip, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD with Louise O’Reilly TD present Sinn Féin’s submission on political reform to the All-Party Oireachtas Committee at Leinster House. Photograph:

Sinn Féin has said it will press for the introduction of universal voting rights in the new Seanad, which will be elected next month. Aengus Ó Snoda(...)

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