Minister for Health James Reilly:  Commended by Marc MacSharry ‘because unlike some of his colleagues he always makes himself available for debates’.

Minister for Health James Reilly will be asked to attend the Seanad to answer questions about the withdrawal of discretionary medical cards.Seanad le(...)

 Chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey: Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry aid the report was “extremely concerning”.

Seanad leader Maurice Cummins has said he believes it is “wrong that anybody on a salary of €164,000 should get additional funding, irrespective of wh(...)

 Senator Rónán Mullen and Senator Fergal Quinn in Navan shopping centre  canvassing for votes for Mr Mullen  in the European elections. Photograph: Alan Betson

“I’m not in anyone’s pocket,” says Senator Rónán Mullen to a couple in Navan shopping centre as he strives to get himself “more well known” among the (...)

Labour Seanad leader Ivana Bacik: Fianna Fáil’s action is  “an act of desperation and a desperate diversionary tactic”

The Government has voted down for the third time in the Seanad a Fianna Fáil call for the Attorney General to answer questions about the Garda (...)

Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Darragh O’Brien had proposed an amendment to a rule of procedure that the Attorney General come to the House to answer questions.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Opposition attempts to have the Attorney General attend the Seanad to answer questions about the systematic t(...)

Prof John Crown: said he was very troubled by a central message of the report on the deaths of babies at Portlaoise hospital.  Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A call has been made to ensure Taoiseach Enda Kenny raises the issue of the undocumented Irish and immigration re(...)

There were 112 proposals made between 1937 and 2013 for the reform of the Seanad, Marie-Louise O’Donnell said

There were 112 proposals made between 1937 and 2013 for the reform of the Seanad, Marie-Louise O’Donnell said.They covered such matters as size and co(...)

Senator Paul Coghlan: major town centres had witnessed the introduction of pay-parking, forcing retailers to impose charges. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The imposition of commercial rates on the car parking space of major out-of-town retail centres was called for by Paul Coghlan (FG) in the Seanad.He s(...)

Independent Senator John Crown produced a document in the Seanad which, he said, showed that a statement made on behalf of the Department of Health before Christmas was based on faulty information.

Independent Senator Prof John Crown accused St Vincent’s private hospital of giving inaccurate information to the Department of Health by claiming tha(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who described the electoral rebuff on abolishing the Seanad as a “walloping’’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Legislation implementing the Government’s decision to give all third-level graduates a vote in future Seanad elections is expected to be published dur(...)

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