Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has been criticised for calling Fianna Fáil  the ‘old enemy’. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Niall Collins has criticised Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes for referring to Fianna Fáil as the “old enemy”. Mr Collins sa(...)

Senator Darragh O’Brien: it is an entitlement of educators to protect their religious ethos. Photograph: David Sleator

There were exchanges over Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan’s pledge to abolish a 50-year-old rule giving privileged status to religion in the cla(...)

Fidelma Healy-Eames: ‘appalling’ that people cannot be buried on Sundays. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Funerals cannot be held in Galway city on Sundays because local authorities cannot afford the premium rates to provide the service, the Seanad has h(...)

The Government has rejected a call for homeowners who pay management fees to get an exemption on their property tax.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The Government has rejected a call for homeowners who pay management fees to get an exemption on their property tax. Fianna Fáil public expenditure an(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton at the launch of local authority plans for the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

In the end it’ll be blamed on the media. The media made him do it. Due to the frenzy of speculation whipped up by journalists, it was impossible to ge(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Ahead of the new Dáil term, the political party think-ins begin today with Fine Gael’s event. We assess the shape of each party as they head into a ge(...)

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(...)

Fianna Fáil Dublin spokesman Darragh O’Brien  said 616 family homes were subject to repossession orders in  the first six months of the year. File photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The Department of the Environment has insisted the Minister, Alan Kelly, is in regular contact with his officials while on holidays as Fianna Fáil cal(...)

Fianna Fáil Seanad leader Darragh O’Brien has called for the intervention of Minister for Health Leo Varadkar into the case of his constituent Colm Callaghan, who “requires life saving medical attention and an operation that is only available in Canada”.

A health insurer has been accused of attempting to “backslide” on lifesaving surgery for an eligible customer because of the €200,000 cost. Fianna Fái(...)

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael Senators differed on whether the House should have an immediate debate on the Greek situation. Calling for a debate, Fianna(...)