Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue (above) has 17 per cent support in the opinion poll in Donegal. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil look poised to land a shock result in the general election by taking two seats out of five in the new constituency of Donegal, according t(...)

Former tánaiste Mary Coughlan. “She sent a very clear message that we cannot leave any stone unturned and to get the maximise vote for Fianna Fáil”

Former tánaiste Mary Coughlan has launched Pat “the Cope” Gallagher’s election campaign. Ms Coughlan, who lost her seat in the 2011 general election,(...)

Fianna Fáil education spokesman Charlie McConalogue said the party would introduce a selection criteria for oversubscribed schools based on locality and newly designated catchment areas.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will introduce a new school admissions policy to give priority to students based on their proximity to school if elected to government. T(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said it was no secret that the higher education sector was experiencing difficulty given increases in the number of students and the need to provide courses to meet the needs of employers. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Department of Education is seeking to fast-track payment of almost €80 million in student charges this year to ease financial pressure facing thir(...)

Students march past the front of Trinity College Dublin in a protest against anticipated increases in registration fees and reductions in grants in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke

Politicians are fond of praising the role of higher education in Ireland. Our universities, they regularly say, are creating jobs, raising living sta(...)

 General Secretary of Fianna Fáil Seán Dorgan told TDs to rule out the possibility of the party going into coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin after the election campaign. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TDs must tell voters the party is ready for government and Micheál Martin should be the next taoiseach, it was claimed in a rebuke to t(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is planning to set up a new lending agency for students if elected to government, offering low-interest loans to help meet the cost of col(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher polled 332 votes from more than 700 members at the selection convention in Letterkenny. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil selected outgoing TD Charlie McConalogue and former minister of state and MEP Pat “the Cope’’ Gallagher as its Donegal general election ca(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter was last night facing a battle at the Fine Gael selection convention to retain the nomination to run again for the Dáil in Dublin Rathdown. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has been selected to run again for the Dáil in the new three-seat Dublin Rathdown constituency. He was select(...)

Speaking on the disparity of resources for special needs, Charlie McConalogue said “it is imperative that they be addressed by a ramping up of recruitment”. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil has called on the Government to increase the number of speech and language therapists in schools across the country to reduce waiting list(...)