Which way? Yes and No posters on Merrion Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Senior Government figures are increasingly confident the same-sex marriage referendum will pass. Sources predict the Yes vote could be as high as 60 (...)

John McGuinness TD: intends to vote No in both referendums. Photograph: David Sleator.

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has confirmed he is voting No in the same-sex marriage referendum.Mr McGuinness will not back the official party posit(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh, said he did a very, very weak Leaving Certificate in Irish: his writing skills were okay, but his spoken Irish was very poor. Photograph: The Irish Times 5:05

The Minister of State with responsibility for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh has achieved a “feabhas mór” (big improvement) in the standard of his Irish in (...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan issued an instruction and made clear to members that they should remain impartial, Frances Fitzgerald said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has reminded all gardaí that they must not be associated with any political movement or viewpoint.Minister for J(...)

John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil’s senior man in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, has jetted off to the Canaries for a week in the sun as the party’s byelection campaign is getting into gear. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government fired the starting gun for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection on Wednesday. It’s all hands to the pumps for the political parties. E(...)

“Let Bobby in there, lads!” Micheál Martin puts one arm around byelection candidate Bobby Aylward as he salutes the party faithful at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke. 3:13

In the full and plenty days there was always a generous helping of meat in the middle of the FF sandwich. It sustained the party, helping it become st(...)

Former tánaiste and minister for education  Mary Coughlan and former taoiseach Brian Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Soldiers of Destiny are out in force today for their ardfheis in the RDS. They will have a lot to say about the IBRC controversy causing ru(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s party has no female TD and no TD in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The most significant speech of Micheál Martin’s leadership of Fianna Fáil was a low-key affair before a small crowd in the Tipperary village of Ragg o(...)

Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. The airlink involves subsidising islanders’ use of three daily return flights to and from Inis Mór on weekdays and two return flights at weekends

Aran islanders have appealed to the Government to avert cutbacks to their air link which could jeopardise the economic viability of coastal communitie(...)

Businessman Galen Weston donated to the party. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Donors to Fianna Fáil’s US fundraising arm over almost two decades included well-known businessmen, monsignors, unions and companies including the US (...)