Denis O’Donovan (FF)  said whitefish quotas were totally inadequate. Photograph: Alan Betson

Denis O’Donovan (FF) called for an urgent debate on the fishing industry. He said the whitefish fleet was at crisis point, adding that in the past (...)

Criticising the European Commission, Mr O’Donovan said it had forced Bank of Ireland to quit profitable businesses after it was bailed out by the Government.

The Government will have to set up a State-sponsored financial institution to lend money to small and medium-sized businesses, a senior Bank of Irelan(...)

Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly who has secured the signatures of one third of Senators supporting recall of the Seanad.

The Seanad is likely to be recalled from holidays before the end of this month to discuss the law on organ donation which is covered by an EU directiv(...)

Minister of State Brian Hayes: “These are not the last days of the Weimar Republic, as some would have us believe.”

One last push . . . and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill was passed. The result was never in doubt. The handful of Senators who spent hou(...)

How the Seanad voted on the Thirty-Second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Eireann) Bill 2013, allowing a referendum on the future o(...)

“I am not sure of the legality of party allowances being retained for members who are no longer in their parties,” says Senator Paul Bradford. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rebel Fine Gael Senator Paul Bradford has questioned the legality of political parties retaining up to €500,000 annually for TDs and Senators no longe(...)

File image of John Kelly with Labour part leader Eamon Gilmore (left). Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

There were chaotic scenes in the Seanad today in a row over replacing rebel Fine Gael and Labour senators on Oireachtas committees.Labour Senator John(...)

Pat Rabbitte: mentioned boring machines but made people think of flip-flops.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When is a sinkhole not a sinkhole? When it’s a depression.As opposed to when it’s the Seanad – a political sinkhole which is also a pit of depression (...)

Denis O’Donovan: said that if the Upper House continued at its present pace, it would take 22 12-hour days to get through all the amendments. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Debate about allowing abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormality sparked angry exchanges in the Seanad.The amendment to the Protection of Life Dur(...)

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