Mood music failed to hit right note for Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil chief Micheál Martin. Photograph Barbara Lindberg.

The room is nondescript, used for meetings and as a waiting room. It is located just at the end of the “bridge” that connects Leinster House to Govern(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the Dail with Lisa Chambers, Dara Calleary, Charlie McConalogue, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony and Mary Butler. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was urged by his parliamentary party members yesterday to allow them abstain in next week’s vote for taoiseach. Mr (...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness: ‘The country has to come first and the electorate has spoken.’  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

Two Fianna Fáil TDs have called on their party to consider entering coalition with Fine Gael for the good of the country. Carlow-Kilkenny TDs John M(...)

The 32nd Dáil is set for deadlock on the election of a new taoiseach on Thursday  when it meets for the first time. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The 32nd Dáil is set for deadlock on the election of a new taoiseach today when it meets for the first time but agreement is expected on a mechanism t(...)

 Fianna Fáil TD Seán O’Fearghail. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Seán O’Fearghail is the party’s candidate for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Mr O’Fearghail was chosen at a parliamentary party mee(...)

A file image of Independent candidate Maureen O’ Sullivan seen at the count centre in the RDS in Dublin last month.  Photograph: Collins

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan has indicated she will stand for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Ms O’Sullivan told The Irish Times she is to cons(...)

Outgoing Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has said he is not seeking the position again. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TDs hoping to be elected to the position of ceann comhairle will begin canvassing for the position in the coming days, in advance of the first meetin(...)

Up for the count: Micheál Martin celebrates his re-election in Cork. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Micheál Martin has never been in a stronger position as Fianna Fáil leader. His position is analogous to that of Claudio Ranieri, the manager of ungl(...)

John McGuinness

John McGuinness (58) is something of a maverick within Fianna Fáil and known to harbour leadership ambitions. He gained a high profile in the last Dái(...)

Kevin Flaherty believes he will spend the next 20 or 30 years ‘until I get my pension scratching out a living for myself’.

This article is part of The Irish Times Meet the Voters series, profiling ten sample voters in a bid to track the impact of the 2016 General Election(...)