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(...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson said over a period of 35 years, Sinn Féin’s colleagues in the IRA “have removed over 24 members of An Garda Síochána by murdering them’’. Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile intervened to say he had no colleagues in the IRA. File photograph: Getty Images

The Seanad was adjourned briefly on Wednesday following angry exchanges between Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin Senators. Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wil(...)

‘One side wanted to enable young people and have their contribution to society and capabilities and enthusiasm recognised and their franchise extended.’ File photograph: Getty Images

The Seanad voted on Wednesday to delay a Bill seeking to reduce the voting age in local and European elections to 16. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael co-o(...)

Kevin Humphreys: “We have had committees, studies and the citizens’ assembly, but we have had very little legislation.’’

Criticism of “new politics’’ by Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys led to sharp exchanges in the Seanad. “Very few decisions have been made during the Go(...)

Independent Senator Michael McDowell has expressed his opposition to the proposed introduction of financial penalties for the abuse of Oireachtas privilege. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

MARIE O’HALLORAN Independent Senator Michael McDowell has expressed his opposition to the introduction of financial penalties in the Oireachtas to “p(...)

Former minister for health Dr James Reilly. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

“I remind Senator Reilly that what happens in the bar remains in the bar.” Words guaranteed to grab attention on a slow day around Leinster House. W(...)

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(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys at the Cavan-Monaghan count centre. She was the first TD elected in the constituency. Photograph: Aine McMahon.

Fianna Fáil’s newcomer Niamh Smyth has won the fourth and final seat in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency. Ms Smyth was elected on the 10th count with(...)

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