Fine Gael has rejected the idea of a universal franchise for the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Allowing every citizen a vote in the Seanad elections would cost too much without a referendum, the Dáil has heard. Minister of State Fer(...)

Nicky McFadden TD: died of motor neurone disease aged 51

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has led tributes to Fine Gael TD Nicky McFadden who has die. Ms McFadden (51), who was(...)

Dublin Fire Brigade mainly provides the ambulance service in Dublin under Dublin City Council, while the HSE provides the ambulance service outside Dublin

Public representatives from across Dublin have expressed opposition to a HSE plan to take control of the city(...)

Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Culture & the Gaeltacht: Aengus Ó Snodaigh said it was ‘insulting’ that the Minister does not speak Irish. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It was “disastrous” and an “insult” that no senior Minister was available to take leaders’ questions through Irish on the one (...)

Dylan Farrow, now 28, claimed in a letter published on Saturday that Woody Allen sexually abused her in 1992. Photograph: Frances Silver via The New York Times

A bitter family dispute and allegations of child sex abuse against Woody Allen have re-surfaced after more than two decades as the acclaimed filmmaker(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: “I described the failure to reach agreement as a step not taken rather than a step back. I still take that view.”

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has rejected claims that the Irish and British governments stood back from the Haass/O’Sullivan Northern Ireland talks on flags(...)

 Noel Dorr: raising such matters required a well thought-out approach as it would be wrong for a visiting delegation to make their hosts feel as if they were saying: “We’re better than you.”  ,

Ministers on trade missions should raise concerns about human rights abuses when visiting states where such issues exist, but only to a point their ho(...)

Phil Hogan: said there may be “a vested interest in some cases” keeping people in emergency accommodation

Vested interests may be involved in keeping some people in emergency accommodation at huge expense, according to Minister for the Environment Phil Hog(...)

Catherine McGowan with her baby Sophie from Drogheda protesting against maternity benefit cuts outside the Dáil yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The legality of the cut to the jobseeker’s allowance for people aged under 26 has been challenged in the Dáil as the controversial Social Welfare and (...)

Sinn Féin social protection spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh demanded TDs walk through the Yes and No lobbies for clarity on who had voted each way.
Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Dáil has passed the controversial Social Welfare and Pensions Bill by 74 votes to 46 after Sinn Féin social protection spokesman Aengus Ó Snodaigh(...)

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