Prof Yvonne Galligan of Queen’s University Belfast is chair of Fianna Fáil’s Markiewicz Commission, which has been asked to address the under-representation of women. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has been urged to take the lead on gender balance in the next general election and field a higher proportion of strong women candidates th(...)

New list, published by chief whip Paul Kehoe, includes several major statutory measures, including a ground-breaking gender recognition Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Seven years after first being proposed at government level, a climate change Bill moved a large step closer to becoming reality yesterday when it was(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: his party should spell out in clear language the policy issues where it diverts radically from Fine Gael. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

In sport, they call the third quarter the “moving quarter”, during which the team with the momentum and strength behind it takes a firm grip on the ga(...)

Seagulls fighting over scraps.  Kerry senator  Ned O’Sullivan said: “I have received hundreds of messages and calls. Without a word of a lie over 90 per cent were supportive and positive.”  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

In an extreme case of life imitating art, a Fianna Fáil Senator has portrayed the scourge of swooping seagulls in Dublin in terms that mirror the plot(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin alleged that the Government has “cooked the books” and misled the opposition and the public about its health budgets(...)

 Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune (above). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Candidates in the European elections last May spent almost €3 million in their campaigns, according to a report published by the Standards in Public (...)

Minister for Communications Alex White: “It’s one of those things we have been talking about for a long time and we are now at the point that is capable of delivery.”   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish  Times

Minister for Communications Alex White says the new national postcode system – known as Eircode – will be introduced in early 2015. Mr White has to(...)

The director of Social Justice Ireland Fr Seán Healy:   published the result of a study of six possible changes in  Budget 2015.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Coalition’s two economic Ministers will this week open negotiations with Government colleagues on departmental spending ahead of next month’s b(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

All parties and groups involved in the continuing search for peace in Northern Ireland must redouble their efforts to overcome the political impasse,(...)

James Doorley, assistant director of the National Youth Council of Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

The number of young people not registered to vote has increased in the past five years to almost one in three, according to a new poll.The Red C poll(...)