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Minister Charlie Flanagan  said the Bill was ‘not gathering dust on any shelf anywhere’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Controversial legislation on the sale of alcohol is “not gathering dust on any shelf anywhere,” Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has told the Sea(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan was accused of being to the right of Genghis Khan.

Minister of Justice Charlie Flanagan has defended his departmental officials against stinging criticisms of their attitude to asylum seekers by a form(...)

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(...)

Senator Catherine Noone.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has been elected chairwoman of the Oireachtas abortion committee, which met for the first time on Wednesday in priva(...)

 People Before Profit  TD Brid Smith. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A ruling that Oireachtas groupings should not be allowed to rotate members on the abortion committee has been objected to in the Dáil by People Before(...)

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 (...)

David Norris said it was time Senators asserted their dignity. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Members of the Oireachtas are being treated like “cattle’’ and are subject to ridiculous restrictions on allowances, Independent Senator David Norris(...)

 Tesco workers and supporters at a picket in Artane. Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan said up to 250 long-serving workers had been told they could either lose their jobs or take cuts in pay and accept changes to their shifts. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Seanad Éireann has given cross-party support to a motion calling on the management of Tesco in Ireland to respect the rights of long-serving Tesco wor(...)

 Ged Nash said the Bill will apply to people such as actors doing voice-over work, session musicians and freelance journalists. Photograph: : Dave Meehan

A Labour Private Member’s Bill allowing for self-employed people to collectively pay bargain with employers was passed by the Seanad. Party spokesma(...)

Fine Gael’s Michelle Mulherin: she paid tribute to Mrs Clinton, adding that the House had to be real because democracy had spoken

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik called for a Seanad debate on foreign policy following the US election. She said the result had “serious implications’’ for(...)

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