Paul Gavan

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From left, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Business Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts Josepha Madigan and Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Fine Gael members. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The State’s political parties received donations of €159,819 between them last year, with Fine Gael taking more than half the total. In its annual r(...)

Julia Marciniak, who was a waitress at the Ivy restaurant in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Brendan Ogle calls me Rosa Luxemburg, ” says Julia Marciniak. As a waiter at Dublin’s Ivy restaurant, Marciniak recently found herself in the midst o(...)

The Council of Europe’s founding members were all western European states with broadly similar values, but with the fall of the Iron Curtain it rapidly expanded eastwards to take in a swathe of ex-Soviet bloc states in transition to democracy. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

A defining moment in this era of constant tension between Europe and Russia played out this week in an unlikely setting. In the vast, cavernous chambe(...)

Minister for Social Protection was sharply criticised by Independent Senator Michael McDowell and others. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Bill to prevent employers deducting or withholding tips from employees has been passed by the Seanad despite Government opposition. Senators voted (...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said the department treated all protected disclosures seriously and followed up on all the issues raised. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Education has been accused of not tackling “shocking” management failures at an Educate Together school that has seen enrolments fal(...)

Seanad Éireann in its  temporary home in the Ceramics Room of the National Museum of Ireland. File image: Maxwells.

Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan has said he expects all his party colleagues in the Oireachtas to support the abortion legislation. He told the S(...)

The students are demanding that proposed supplemental examination fees be scrapped; affordable rental options be introduced and that student fees not be increased. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Students who occupied a building in Trinity College Dublin have announced an end to the protest that began earlier this week over the introduction of (...)

Senator Paul  Coghlan said the most basic and fundamental right was the right to life. File photograph: Dave Meehan

The baby in the womb is the tiniest and weakest member of society and should feel it is a safe place, Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan has said. “They (...)

Anti-abortion protesters outside the Sinn Féin Ardfheis in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin found itself in an uncomfortable situation this week, as it was outmanoeuvred by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael on the issue of abortion. The tw(...)

Senator Catherine Noone, the Oireachtas Eighth Amendment committee’s chairwoman, will not use her vote unless there is a tie among the other members. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

James Browne (Fianna Fáil) The Wexford TD is in favour of amending article 40.3.3 (the Eighth Amendment) of the Constitution to allow for abortion in(...)

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