Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  (centre) with Jim O’Callaghan SC (left) legal advisor and justice spokesperson Niall Collins at Leinster House in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will enter this election debating whether it wants to be the strongest opposition party in Leinster House or the smaller party in Governme(...)

John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance group, at Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be considerable interest in the performance of Independent candidates, given opinion polls are suggesting they could hold the balance of po(...)

National Women’s Council of Ireland director Orla O’Connor: Breakthrough Manifesto for Women “going really well”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

One hundred candidates for this year’s general election have now signed up to the The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) Breakthrough Manifest(...)

Mattie McGrath: ‘Food at Leinster House has improved and there’s a lot more variety.’ Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

INDEPENDENT TD MATTIE MCGRATH What would be a typical day of food at Leinster House for you? I’d start with a bowl of fruit in the morning (...)

Choice reading: Robert F Kennedy – author of Thirteen Days, chosen by Micheál Martin – in the Oval Office with his brother President John F Kennedy in 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Photograph: Art Rickerby/Life/Getty

In August 2008 David Cameron handed out a list of recommended reading to his fellow Conservative Party MPs before the House of Commons recesssed for i(...)

Marie Louise O’Donnell: as her six guests looked on, McGrath allegedly accused O’Donnell (who has a long-running weekly radio slot on RTÉ’s ‘Today with Seán O’Rourke’ programme) of “double-jobbing” and taking the bread from the mouths of working journalists

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Mattie McGrath discovered this to his cost on Thursday morning when he was eaten alive by a Senator (...)

Averil Power left Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

So what has Old Moore’s Almanac got for us this month? Under his predictions for Ireland for May, he had this:   ‘Female Irish politic(...)

Averil Power: her interview on Moncrieff provided a rare glimpse of a politician throwing off the pressures and hypocrisies of party loyalties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Just as Dolly Parton famously quips that it takes a lot of money for her to look so cheap, one suspects that sounding flippant is a serious business f(...)

When a roomful of mostly middle-aged men “scoffed” at the suggestion by the young woman that they should go out an do a bit of canvassing on marriage (...)

Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Niall Collins told RTÉ’s Today programme he was disappointed with the manner of the decision by Averil Power (above) to leave the party. He disagreed with her claim that the vast majority of the party’s elected representatives refused to campaign for the same-sex marriage referendum.

Two Fianna Fáil TDs have jumped to the defence of party leader Micheál Martin in the wake of the shock resignation of Senator Averil Power. Billy Kel(...)