The Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Bill, which has been passed by the Dáil, restores access for Northern Ireland commercial fishing boats to Irish inshore waters, from zero to six miles offshore. File photograph: Getty

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has appealed to Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to support legislation to end the “sea border” in the six mile (9.6 km) fishery zone (...)

‘There are many types of family today that I recognise as families, which unfortunately Bunreacht na hÉireann does not,’ Minister for Health Simon Harris told the Seanad on Tuesday. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health Simon Harris has called for a referendum to change the definition of family in the Constitution. Mr Harris said that “men loving (...)

Thirty-one members of Fianna Fáil, including deputy leader Dara Calleary and the party’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath, participated in a photocall in Dublin’s Merrion Square on Tuesday afternoon urging voters to oppose the proposition to remove the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Fianna Fáil

More than half the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party has united to call for a No vote in the forthcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Thirty-one(...)

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(...)

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