Cllr Ian McGarvey became the oldest general election candidate when he participated in the 2016 election in Donegal. Photograph: Facebook

Tributes have been paid to Ireland’s oldest public representative who turns 91 this week as warnings were raised about ageism. Independent Cllr Ian M(...)

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(...)

The Nassau Street bombing aftermath in Dublin, 1974. Three bombs exploded in Dublin and one in Monaghan in May 1974. Photograph: Pat Langan/ The Irish Times

The Government is fully committed “to seek out the truth” behind the Dublin and Monaghan bombings and to secure some measure of comfort for the victim(...)

Peace walls on Bombay Street in Belfast. File photograph: Enda O’Dowd

A referendum on a united Ireland should be considered when the so-called peace walls dividing republican and loyalist communities in Northern Ireland (...)

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(...)

Garda stop vehicles at a checkpoint at the  Border between Emyvale and Aughnacloy. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher has called on the authorities in Northern Ireland to fine people making non-essential journeys across the Border,(...)

Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy has topped the poll in Cavan-Monaghan, ahead of Minister for Business Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Jack Horgan-Jones

The final two seats in Cavan-Monaghan have been won by Fianna Fáil, with neither candidate achieving a quota. Former minister for agriculture Brendan(...)

Senator Ronan Mullen (left) and  Mattie McGrath TD, with pro-life supporters behind, speaking to the media on Kildare Street, Dublin on October 12th, 2017 Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

There were sharp exchanges in the Seanad debate on abortion legislation when Independent Senator Ronan Mullen questioned the truthfulness of the Minis(...)

When mandatory reporting was introduced on December 11th, Tulsa said it could not be precise on how the policy change would affect its workload. File photograph: Getty Images

The introduction of mandatory reporting of child abuse has not had a negative impact on children’s services, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone h(...)

Sean Barrett: the Fine Gael TD and former minister for defence responded that the RDFRA’s was the “most damning report” he had s seen in his 36 years as a member of the Oireachtas. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Reserve Defence Forces could cease to exist within months if extra commitments are not given to strengthen the organisation, an Oireachtas commit(...)

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