“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(...)

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ál Martin: allies say his support for the fiscal treaty was astute, likewise the decision not to contest the presidential election. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil’s ardfheis opens tonight in Dublin, the second since the party’s abject defeat in the 2011 election. The gathering comes amid resur(...)