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Prime Time presenter, Miriam O’Callaghan  with Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise, and Fine Gael’s director of elections, Richard Bruton (left), representing the ‘Yes’ camp and the leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin, representing the ‘No’ camp, before they debated the abolition of the Seanad prior to this Friday’s referendum.

The abolition of the Seanad would improve the political system because it would shift the full focus of politics to a chamber elected to by all the ci(...)

A screengrab of the RTÉ Prime Tim debate on the future of the Seanad. (Left to right) Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton, moderator Miriam O’Callaghan and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.

The abolition of the Seanad would improve the Irish political system as it would shift the full focus of politics to a chamber elected by all the citi(...)

Joan Burton: “absolutely confident that we will be fully able to maintain our commitment to protecting the core weekly rates”.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said she is “absolutely confident” that core social welfare rates will be protected in the budget. Spea(...)

The Seanad chamber looking towards the chair

Fianna Fáil has accused the Government of running a Seanad abolition campaign lacking in substance and debate, but rich in gimmickry and soundbites. (...)

Brendan Howlin said the terms of the inquiry should be ‘narrow and specific’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

An Oireachtas banking inquiry could provide long-awaited answers for the public “who need and deserve” to hear the views of those who witnessed the St(...)

Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore

The result of the German general election is unlikely to improve Ireland’s chance of securing retroactive direct recapitalisation for AIB and Bank of(...)

Minister of State Brian Hayes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister of State Brian Hayes has refused to be drawn on speculation that he will contest the 2014 European elections for Fine Gael in the Dublin cons(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan declared this week that he aims to return such a surplus in the forthcoming budget

Moody’s has intervened in the budget debate saying late last night that the Government’s continued compliance with fiscal consolidation targets would (...)

Gardaí scuffle with protesters after a small group tried to gain access to the Dáil on the first day of the Dail after the summer recess Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gardaí used pepper spray on protesters who gathered outside Leinster House yesterday demonstrating against the Government’s austerity agenda. A numbe(...)

Joan Burton  and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  at the annual Labour  think-in. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said that next month’s budget must keep the trajectory of employment growth going and do nothing to har(...)

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