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Fine Gael Seanad leader Regina Doherty: said Ireland was ‘dragged kicking and screaming by populism to mandatory hotel quarantining’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Calls have been made for the mandatory hotel quarantine system to “quietly” lapse after the three months “sunset clause” in the legislation underpinni(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has called for a “swift conclusion” to final negotiations on the certification so that it will be “up and running” by June. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/Getty Images/Bloomberg

The Government has been urged to be ready to adopt EU plans for a Covid-19 travel certificate so the tourism industry can benefit from overseas visito(...)

Sinn Féin senator Fintan Warfield: ‘Prayer and religious ideology do nothing to protect children or young people.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

One of the youngest Senators in the Seanad has spoken of how he prayed for years not to be gay because of shame, as he expressed his opposition to a n(...)

 Minister of State  Pippa Hackett has called for a pilot public banking project. File photograph: Julien Behal Photography

A Government junior minister has said it is time to consider a pilot public banking project because of the lack of proper competition in the banking s(...)

It is understood Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told the meeting he regrets that the resumption of click-and-collect services was not backed by the National Public Health Emergency Team.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has been forced to defend the Government’s decision to change the national vaccination plan after one of his party’s TDs accused(...)

Gerson Rodrigues turns away to celebrate scoring Luxembourg’s winner in the World Cup qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A Fianna Fáil Senator has suggested that the only solution to Ireland’s international soccer woes is to develop an all-island soccer team. One hundre(...)

The Seanad was told that Dublin Zoo is struggling to survive ‘and we could be making use of local outdoor controlled attractions’. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Government has been urged to grant a “vaccine bonus” by easing restrictions for those who have been inoculated fully against Covid-19. A call has(...)

The  painting by Sinéad Guckian is a different take on the airbrushed picture of the Patrick Pearse’s surrender in 1916 in which the legs and boots of Nurse Elizabeth Farrell were frequently excised from the picture.

A nurse airbrushed out of Irish history has been reinstated in a portrait formally unveiled in the Seanad to mark International Women’s Day. Nurse El(...)

Máiría Cahill. Photograph: Alan Lewis

Máiría Cahill, who was raped as a teenager by a senior IRA figure, has called for the immediate removal of former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger from(...)

Mairia Cahill pictured in  2018. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has accused Roy Greenslade of being “hypocritical” about his failure to disclose his support for the IRA. Mr (...)

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