Micheál Martin: “It is ironic that the only party with no direct connection to 1916 is the one most likely to try and abuse it for political purposes.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Sinn Féin of trying to abuse the Easter Rising for narrow political purposes.Launching his party’s comme(...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: she  repeated her call in the Dáil that every primary school in the State should be a Gaelscoil or all-Irish school for its first two or three years to increase the number of Irish speakers.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny should have “more understanding” for people who do not have his knowledge of the Irish language, the Dáil has heard. Independent(...)

Repair work is carried out on the stern of Galway hooker Naomh Bairbre which sailed from Chicago across the Atlantic in 2006. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy 2:42

When a Connemara-born construction worker began building his life’s dream in an abandoned spice factory down by the Chicago river, friends back hom(...)

Frustrated TDs said party leader Micheál Martin’s leadership was not under threat. Photograph: The Irish Times

A number of senior Fianna Fáil TDs have warned that the party must “step up” in order to improve its poll standings and become serious competitors at (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said chairing the Dáil was a “stressful” job. Photograph: Collins

Fianna Fáil TDs are split on whether they should table a motion of no confidence in Mr Barrett if he does not withdraw his claim the party is trying t(...)

Independent councillor Gary Donnelly was one of three men sentenced last November over the painting of political slogans on the walls. File photograph of Derry walls.

Dissident Republican Gary Donnelly has won an appeal against a six-month jail sentence in Derry Crown Court after being convicted of causing criminal (...)

Dara Calleary:   ‘The EU must reassert itself as a union that has people at its heart, as opposed to a union that places an increasingly flawed economic vision above all else.’  Photograph: Frank Miller

Fianna Fáil in government should “question and challenge” the European Union to a greater extent than any party in power has done previously, a party(...)

Fine Gael Mayo TD John O’Mahony said he has made no ‘final decision’ over whether he will move constituency to Galway West for the general election. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

There is increased speculation that Fine Gael Mayo TD John O’Mahony will move constituency to Galway West for the general election after the loss of (...)

The relationship between Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and Tánaiste Joan Burton  will also be tested in the coming months, following some recent fraying. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If 2014 began a fracturing and reordering of the Irish political landscape, 2015 will be the year in which everything is up for grabs. By next Christm(...)

Simon Coveney:  ‘It’s purely my view that retailers should not be selling food for half nothing in an effort to drum up business.’ Photograph: Oliviet Hoslet/EPA

The new Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has warned the Department of Agriculture against asking supermarkets not to engage in Christma(...)