Independent Senator, Prof John Crown. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Senator John Crown has accused the management and board of St Vincent’s Hospital of a “cover-up” of fraud at the facility by deliberate(...)

 Senator John Whelan   urged parents to remember that the cheapest product was not necessarily the best value, adding that they should take into account the wear and tear of garments and how long they would last.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Parents estimated that educating their children cost more than €500 a year per child, John Whelan (Lab) said.“This is quite a hefty bill on top of eve(...)

Senator David Norris: “We need real reform to include the other seats.” Photograph: Stephen Collins.

The electorate for Seanad university seats will more than double from 200,000 to 500,000 while the electorate for vocational panel seats will halve fr(...)

Senator Jimmy Harte. Shock expressed by colleagues at his injuries suffered in a fall.

Senators expressed their shock yesterday at the injury suffered by Labour Senator Jimmy Harte (55) in a fall in Dublin last weekend.On the Order of Bu(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the House’s fate had been decided. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to meet party leaders in the Oireachtas to discuss Seanad reform. Mr Kenny said while it was important and good to discuss the(...)

Senator Catherine Noone: “It is hard to take all of this on a continual basis’’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Catherine Noone (FG) accused Fianna Fail of “creating hysteria’’ about medical cards.“This is the same party with the same faces and voices who tried (...)

Feargal Quinn: said there was an anomaly whereby young people who had no choice but to go abroad in search of work were treated as “foreigners’’ after returning

The case of an Irish emigrant who was classed as a “foreigner’’ when he returned to pursue an academic course was highlighted yesterday by Feargal Qu(...)

Senator Ned O’Sullivan said that one electoral area in Kerry involved three peninsulas. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Ned O’Sullivan (FF) called for increased allowances for county councillors representing large electoral areas. “We face huge county council constitue(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny berated for not attending campaign meetings. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and backbench TD John Deasy became embroiled in a tense spat over the Seanad referendum defeat at tonight’s meeting of the Fine G(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone, who has called for the Taoiseach to address the Seanad within a month on his plans for reform. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A call has been made for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to address the Seanad within a month on his plans for reform of the Dáil and Upper House.Taoiseach’s nom(...)

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