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 addresses the party’s ardfheis in the RDS.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 1:31

Fianna Fáil is ready to go back into Government, the party leader told its ardfheis in Dublin tonight. Micheál Martin told delegates the party was pre(...)

In his last ardfheis before a general election, Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin will hope to spark enthusiasm among party activists and attract addi(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin has denied saying  her party stands for nothing.

Former Fianna Fáil minister Mary Hanafin has denied telling a branch meeting her party stands for nothing.Ms Hanafin said comments attributed to her i(...)

Mary Hanafin and Micheal Martin  at unveiling of the Fianna Fail party’s programme of events to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Mary Hanafin is now expected to be the only former senior Fianna Fail minister outside the Dail seeking a party nomination to contest the next general(...)

Labour TD Pat Rabbitte accused the national broadcaster of being “lopsided”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former communications minister Pat Rabbitte did not mince his words when describing RTÉ as a “recruitment sergeant” for the far left and Sinn Féin on (...)

A secret  memo has revealed that abolishing the Junior Certificate exam was considered more than six years ago, as a money-saving exercise.  Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

A money-saving proposal to terminate free education at secondary level was considered by the Fianna Fáil-Green coalition just days before it agreed t(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin declined to say if he regretted supporting the motion to expel Des O’Malley. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has declined to say if he regrets supporting the motion to expel Dessie O’Malley from the party proposed by his pred(...)

Alex White: will stand in Dublin Rathdown

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett said he may resign from his position and return to the Fine Gael backbenches before the next general election. Mr Barrett(...)

Cork’s Briege Corkery: has won an astonishing total of 14 senior All-Ireland medals in Gaelic football and camogie. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was 2005, the second year of the Sportswomen of the Year awards, and the memory still raises a chuckle. Briege Corkery had won the double with Cork(...)