Railway Union’s Niamh Byrne carries during a Women’s AIL clash with Old Belvedere. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Fianna Fáil senator Terry Leyden has said he regrets comments he made last week suggesting rugby is bad for women’s “health and wellbeing.” As report(...)

At the EU summit in Brussels, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was busy collecting the mobile-phone numbers of the other prime ministers. Photograph: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images

In a face-off with Martin O’Neill and the Republic of Ireland squad, team Leo knows there can only be one winner. And it won’t be Fine Gael. Not ever(...)

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(...)

RTÉ’s campus in Donnybrook, which is set to get smaller. But should it make a clean break from Montrose? Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times.

There were many fine words about the importance of public service broadcasting in the Seanad this week, as Minister for Communications Denis Naughten (...)

David Norris: “Now we have to fob in, but the Ministers who started this, they don’t have to fob in. It is demeaning to be treated like cattle.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sometimes it’s too easy. Sometimes you should just walk away. But it’s difficult, particularly when some Senators are complaining about not getting (...)

Haughey family members including Seán Haughey (left) and Ciarán Haughey (right) escort the remains of Maureen Haughey at her funeral at Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Maureen Haughey (91), who died on St Patrick’s Day, used to joke that her late father, former taoiseach Seán Lemass, could never pronounce the word lo(...)

Terry Leyden led the shameless tributes in the Seanad while Enda Kenny fired off a letter to the president elect but the Healy-Rae machine will “never get across the border”. Photographs: The Irish Times

Trump has triumphed. What next for the Narrow-mouthed Whorl Snail? The most powerful celebrity in the world will be able to do what he likes now in (...)

One of the travelling troika – Michael Healy-Rae, IndependentTD. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Last night’s news gave us comfort in these uncertain post-Brexit days. Now is not the time to play safe on the continent. We need our best team out t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor at the launch of Google’s new data centre in Clondalkin.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Driverless cars. Have you ever wondered what it must be like to travel in one? Wonder no more, because the Taoiseach described the experience in some(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan is in the running to be the new Cathaoirleach of the Seanad. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan is likely to be the new Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, replacing outgoing Fine Gael Senator Paddy Burke. The Cork S(...)