Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: his party should spell out in clear language the policy issues where it diverts radically from Fine Gael. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

FF’s recent think-in was low key, trying to appear calm rather than becalmed

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath is calling for early  public hearings

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath says general election poses real hanging risk to proposed inquiry

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has ruled out seeking coalition agreements with either Fine Gael or Sinn Féin at the conclusion of his party’s two-day meeting of TDs and Senators in the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has no woman TD and only two women in wider parliamentary party

Seagulls fighting over scraps.  Kerry senator  Ned O’Sullivan said: “I have received hundreds of messages and calls. Without a word of a lie over 90 per cent were supportive and positive.”  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Ned O’Sullivan says Dublin needs to adopt seagull policy as in other coastal cities

Micheál Martin launches withering attack on Taoiseach and former health minister Reilly at his party’s think-in in Roscommon

 Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune (above). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Highest expenditure by any candidate was €206,461, spent by Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune in South constituency

 Micheal Martin said the Government had consciously and deliberately presented a budget last October knowing the figures to be wrong on health spending. HPhotograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says public have been misled about universal health insurance

Minister for Communications Alex White: “It’s one of those things we have been talking about for a long time and we are now at the point that is capable of delivery.”   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish  Times

White says some legislation may be needed to address some data concerns

The director of Social Justice Ireland Fr Seán Healy:   published the result of a study of six possible changes in  Budget 2015.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Government indicates improving economic situation will allow it to achieve fiscal targets without €2bn adjustment

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