Brian Mohan who is challenging  the constitutionality of provisions of the Electoral (Political Funding) Act 2012 linking funding of political parties to meeting gender quota targets. Photograph:  Collins

Financial sanctions are “probably the only option” for getting Irish political parties to reach quotas aimed at having them run more women candidates (...)

Brian Mohan, from Beaumont, Dublin pictured outside the Four Courts during the opening day of his High Court action. Photograph: Courts Collins

Laws requiring political parties to field at least 30 per cent male and 30 per cent female candidates in the next two general elections if they are to(...)

Brian Mohan, from Beaumont, Dublin pictured outside the Four Courts during the opening day of his High Court action. Photograph: Courts Collins

A Fianna Fáil activist has challenged the constitutionality of “crude” and “punitive” laws linking State funding of political parties to their achieve(...)

“Look at the current Fianna Fáil line-up. Not a single TD from the majority gender” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Fiach Mac Conghail’s flurry of tweets about the Abbey’s men-only main stage programme for 2016, was massively counterproductive. The national theatre (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton at the launch of local authority plans for the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

In the end it’ll be blamed on the media. The media made him do it. Due to the frenzy of speculation whipped up by journalists, it was impossible to ge(...)

Mary Fitzpatrick (pictured with party leader Micheál Martin) was also selected last year to run for Fianna Fáil in the European Parliament election.

Mary Fitzpatrick has been selected unopposed as Fianna Fáil’s candidate in Dublin Central for the general election. Her name was the only name that we(...)

Senior FF figures are eager for the Dún Laoghaire candidate to be former minister Mary Hanafin. Photograph: The Irish Times

As Fianna Fáil appears poised to select former minister Mary Hanafin to contest the general election, the party believes it will defeat any legal chal(...)

Cormac Devlin:  “If people are being told they must select a certain gender, I think that is wrong. The members should be supreme and they should be respected by the party.”

Fianna Fáil councillor Cormac Devlin has warned he will take legal action against the party if it issues a directive to select a female candidate in (...)

Bertie Ahern spoke said of the idea of gender quotas: “I don’t agree with it, I think it is zany.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has criticised the gender quotas and said he is firmly against their introduction. Mr Ahern was speaking on Newstalk rad(...)

Cllrs Sean Haughey and Deirdre Heney  at the recent FF Dublin Bay North selection convention. There is major division in party  over whether Mr Haughey should be added to ticket. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A number of high-profile Fianna Fáil candidates, including Seán Haughey, will learn in the coming days if they will be automatic selections on the pa(...)