Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said Seanad abolition would leave the State with a uniquely weak political system. Photograph: Alan Betson.

The forthcoming referendum on the abolition of the Seanad is a “defining moment” for the political future of this country, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál (...)

A call for action on flooding has been made after extensive damage occurred to property in Midleton, Co Cork following heavy rainfall last week.Flash (...)

Gardai and the PSNI are investigating the deaths of four motorcyclists on the roads at the weekend, with two other people also killed in collisions (...)

A complainant has said in court her Irish Navy colleague slapped her on the bottom and the buttocks while she was working. She spoke of her outrage at the actions of her colleague. Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

A sailor in the Irish Navy yesterday denied sexually assaulting a female colleague, instead insisting he had engaged in general banter and horseplay w(...)

Catriona Kearney, (right) celebrates with fellow Ireland team members Laura Jane Dunne, Karina Houlihan and Brid Lynch in the 4x50 freestyle relay during the Special Olympics World Games in June 2003. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

MARK HILLIARD and OLIVIA KELLEHERTen years since Ireland hosted some 7,000 Special Olympians, anniversary events around the country have marked the le(...)

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