An  anti-fracking campaign group in jubilant mood after the fracking Bill was passed  banning all fracking in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Hydraulic fracturing is set to be banned in Ireland after the Seanad passed legislation on Wednesday outlawing the practice. The House supported a Pr(...)

Senator David Norris. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A national housing co-operative to take over distressed mortgages has been proposed by Independent Senator David Norris. Introducing a Private Membe(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “Equity investments in any sector are risky propositions and the State’s resources are better allocated to more appropriate areas.’’  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The State’s move to initiate the sale of a 25 per cent stake in AIB to market investors is a “a significant milestone’’ for the Irish banking sector, (...)

Senator Lynn Ruane. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Trinity College Independent Senator Lynn Ruane has said she considered joining Fine Gael recently to vote against Leo Varadkar becoming party leader a(...)

Liam Irwin of the Revenue Commissioners said that within 10-15 km of the Border there could be “trade facilitation posts” to allow for customs declarations on incoming goods. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Customs checks after Brexit may not be on the actual Border but “somewhere in proximity” to it, a senior Revenue official has said. Liam Irwin, of (...)

Parliament Buildings in the Stormont Estate, Belfast, Northern Ireland. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin Senators clashed in the Seanad on Tuesday on the political impasse in Northern Ireland. Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O’Sullivan(...)

Historian Catherine Corless at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Tuam baby scandal has been described as Ireland’s “dirty little secret’’ by Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell. He told the Seanad on Tuesday (...)

Catherine Ardagh: What is most disturbing is Donald Trump’s sacking of Sally Yates. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil Senator Catherine Ardagh called for the setting up of a task force to work on behalf of the undocumented Irish in the United States. “As(...)

Nicola Sturgeon with her fans: the politicians swarmed around their guest trying to position their phones while simultaneously elbowing colleagues out of the way. Photograph: Maxwells

There was a very touching end to Nicola Sturgeon’s morale-boosting Seanad visit. Starstruck Senators fell over each other as they battled to take se(...)

Late writer William Trevor: Tributes paid in the Seanad. Photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin Seanad leader Senator Rose Conway-Walsh led tributes in the Seanad to the late writer William Trevor. She wanted to “acknowledge the wonder(...)