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Historian Diarmaid Ferriter at the launch of the political group Democracy Matters which calls for reform of the Seanad. Photograph: PA

Former senator Joe O’Toole recently described the Government’s intention to abolish the Seanad as “power-grabbing”, suggesting that the concentration (...)

Three judges will  hear the High Court action by United Left TD Joan Collins against the Government’s promissory note payments. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A three judge High Court will next October hear the High Court action by United Left TD Joan Collins against the Government’s promissory note payme(...)

TD Joan Collins is seeking an urgent hearing of her High Court action aimed at preventing the planned payment next month by the Government of a further €25m in promissory notes. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

United Left TD Joan Collins is seeking an urgent hearing of her High Court action aimed at preventing the planned payment next month by the Government(...)

The incident during which Minister for Justice Alan Shatter was stopped at a Garda checkpoint while driving only to depart within minutes without prov(...)

Then president Mary  McAleese addressing a joint session of the Dáil and Seanad in 1999. “If Seanad abolition were supplemented by robust measures to strengthen the Dáil then it would be difficult to oppose abolition.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The Bill to abolish the Seanad raises questions as to how the Dáil should operate when the Seanad is gone. Currently – though this is an inexac(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter will face further searching questions from political opponents after he confirm(...)

Alan Shatter: will be pressed to give full details of breath test incident. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When Minister for Justice Alan Shatter decided to disclose an obscure occurrence involving Independent TD Mick Wallace and a garda, he should h(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has denied he was cautioned by gardaí at a checkpoint just prior to becoming Minister in 2011 but has admitte(...)

 Minister for Justice Alan Shatter at at Citizenship Ceremony in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The modern era and the advent of instant communications has thrown up a number of new political rules, all conceived by another modern phenomen(...)

Luke Ming Flanagan was one of the people who had “made something of a circus” in relation to whistleblowers’ allegations about quashed penalty points, said Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Independent Roscommon TD Luke Ming Flanagan refused to meet or engage with gardaí investigating the circumstances i(...)

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