A cross marks a No vote on a ballot paper at the count centre for the Scottish referendum at Ingleston Hall in Edinburgh. Photograph: Getty

Importance of issue, closeness of contest, and level of interest motivated voters

Prof Yvonne Galligan of Queen’s University Belfast is chair of Fianna Fáil’s Markiewicz Commission, which has been asked to address the under-representation of women. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Party would need to run at least 25 women candidates if overall number is 80

Tánaiste Joan Burton said ‘it’s a matter for each individual school whether or not they want to use JobBridge’.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Tánaiste says scheme should be used as ‘developmental opportunity’

New list, published by chief whip Paul Kehoe, includes several major statutory measures, including a ground-breaking gender recognition Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A-list of 30 Bills includes 11 carried over from earlier this year

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

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