Former TD Noel O’Flynn. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former TD Noel O’Flynn has left Fianna Fáil, seemingly due to his dissatisfaction with party leader Micheál Martin. “Having been a member of Fianna Fá(...)

‘Participants in Saturday’s big Right2Water rally were also on Twitter. Sinn Féiners was complaining RTÉ had deliberately edited coverage to exclude the party’s involvement. A prominent non-party protester retweeted an objection to The Irish Times online’s decision to put the water protest below a column about the IRA’s allegedly massive global assets.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Many who have experienced serious illness must have read Una Mullally’s column on Monday with a great spark of recognition. She wrote about the perspe(...)

Cllrs Sean Haughey and Deirdre Heney  at the recent FF Dublin Bay North selection convention. There is major division in party  over whether Mr Haughey should be added to ticket. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A number of high-profile Fianna Fáil candidates, including Seán Haughey, will learn in the coming days if they will be automatic selections on the pa(...)

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Sinn Féin’s Falls Road office was paint-bombed and graffiti scrawled on the century-old facade of the the Car(...)

Peter Hain, who replaced Paul  Murphy as Northern secretary in 2005. Photograph: Tim Whitby/PA

Two former Northern secretaries, Peter Hain and Paul Murphy are to be elevated to the House of Lords after the British prime minister, David Cameron,(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern: “People should keep it calm.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said it was envisaged the Provisional IRA would continue to exist as an unarmed group to prevent a vacuum emerging t(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt: The UUP chief’s move has exerted pressure on the DUP to follow suit. Photograph: PressEye

The DUP said it will meet the British prime minister David Cameron soon to try to avert the collapse of Stormont institutions after the Ulster Unionis(...)

Seán Haughey and Deirdre Heney:  The former junior minister  lost the Dublin Bay North selection convention to Dublin city councillor Deirdre Heney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A meeting of senior Fianna Fáil strategists next weekend is to begin finalising the party’s approach to candidates and tickets for the general electi(...)

‘The apparent end-point of “new media” was articulated by digital entrepreneur and “King of Clickbait” Emerson Spartz in an interview in the New Yorker earlier this year.’ Photograph: Getty Images

There was once a time when popularity was viewed as suspect. “Popular culture”, for example, was what you called stuff that people liked but was gener(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton is expected to raise the transfer pact proposal at the parliamentary party’s away day in Wicklow next month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

  Tánaiste Joan Burton will ask Labour TDs and Senators to give their assent to a vote transfer pact with Fine Gael when the parliamentary(...)