Following two years of renovation work on the chamber, its gilded occupants were finally allowed back, leaving behind their temporary lodgings in the Ceramics Room of the National Museum where plumptious yellow-haired cherubs – the spit of Donald Trump – decorated the walls. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

The Seanad returned on Tuesday after the summer recess to a beautifully refurbished chamber. The Senators, neither refurbished nor reconstructed, ret(...)

The two Northern fishing boats seized by the Naval Service moored in Clogherhead, Co Louth. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Controversial legislation allowing Northern fishing vessels access to Irish waters is expected to pass in the Seanad this week, but without unanimity (...)

 Bloody Sunday family members march ahead of the  announcement of a prosecution over the incident, in Derry, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Great injustice has been further inflicted on the families of the victims of the Bloody Sunday killings, a Sinn Féin Senator has said, in the wake of (...)

The Minister had wanted to complete all stages of the Irish Fisheries (Amendment) Bill in the Seanad on Thursday to have it finalised before the March 29th deadline for the UK’s departure from the EU.

A final decision on legislation allowing Northern fishing vessels access to Irish waters has been delayed until two days before the Brexit March 29th (...)

The Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Bill, which has been passed by the Dáil, restores access for Northern Ireland commercial fishing boats to Irish inshore waters, from zero to six miles offshore. File photograph: Getty

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has appealed to Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to support legislation to end the “sea border” in the six mile (9.6 km) fishery zone (...)

‘There are many types of family today that I recognise as families, which unfortunately Bunreacht na hÉireann does not,’ Minister for Health Simon Harris told the Seanad on Tuesday. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health Simon Harris has called for a referendum to change the definition of family in the Constitution. Mr Harris said that “men loving (...)

Thirty-one members of Fianna Fáil, including deputy leader Dara Calleary and the party’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath, participated in a photocall in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Tuesday afternoon urging voters to oppose the proposition to remove the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Fianna Fáil

More than half the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party has united to call for a No vote in the forthcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Thirty-one(...)

Senator Catherine Noone said the public sees the Seanad “as a creche or a retirement home’’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government Ministers should not have lost their State cars and drivers, Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has said. “We get no gratitude for that kin(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath has said he does not support party leader Micheál Martin on the removal of the Eighth Amendment with access to abortion up to 12 weeks.   Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin strongly defended his decision not to inform his TDs and Senators of his support for repealing the Eighth Amendment (...)

New legislation means drinkers should be able to go to the pub next Good Friday. Photograph: iStock

A Government backbencher was a lone voice in the Seanad against the passage of legislation to break a 90-year-old tradition and allow pubs and restaur(...)

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