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The Seanad heard that minimum unit pricing aims to combat harmful drinking. File photograph: Getty

Fine Gael Seanad leader Regina Doherty has supported a call for the Government to introduce alcohol minimum-unit pricing instead of waiting until Nort(...)

Senator Jerry Buttimer lost the Fine Gael party whip over his attendance at the golf society dinner in Clifden last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government needs to improve its communications on the vaccine rollout programme, the Fine Gael parliamentary party was told on Tuesday afternoon. (...)

Minister of State Malcolm Noonan: said he understood senators’ ‘frustration and impatience’ at delay. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government’s decision to delay debate on Seanad reform for another year is not an exercise in “kicking the can down the road”, Minister of State M(...)

Christmas decorations at the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin’s city centre. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

An immovable objectionable and an unstoppable force of argument dominated talk around Leinster House this week. Donald Trump losing the plot and refu(...)

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

More than 80 guests attended an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in the Station House Hotel, Clifden, Co Galway, last Wednesday at a time when Governmen(...)

“You are hounding everybody, so no comment and goodbye,” said guest Loman Dempsey when contacted. Illustration: iStock

More than 80 guests attended an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in the Station House Hotel, Clifden, Co Galway, last Wednesday at a time when Governmen(...)

TDs Dara Calleary and Noel Grealish and Senator Jerry Buttimer

Several politicians who attended a dinner organised by the Oireachtas Golf Society in apparent contravention of Covid-19 guidelines have apologised fo(...)

Richard Bruton, the new chairman of Fine Gael’s parliamentary party. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An urban-versus-rural battle in Fine Gael this week revived memories of the Great Heave of 2010, when country and western Enda Kenny routed the leader(...)

Following two years of renovation work on the chamber, its gilded occupants were finally allowed back, leaving behind their temporary lodgings in the Ceramics Room of the National Museum where plumptious yellow-haired cherubs – the spit of Donald Trump – decorated the walls. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

The Seanad returned on Tuesday after the summer recess to a beautifully refurbished chamber. The Senators, neither refurbished nor reconstructed, ret(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney in Brussels on Monday following a meeting with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

The Government is to consider including a two-third majority lock in any legislation to replace the Eighth Amendment. Tánaiste Simon Coveney is to as(...)

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