Fine Gael and Labour’s best chance of re-election would be to contest the general election as a government and not as individual parties, political strategist Frank Flannery has said. Photograph: North West Newspix.

Fine Gael and Labour’s best chance of re-election would be to contest the general election as a government and not as individual parties, political(...)

Alexis Fitzgerald’s coffin outside the Church of Mary Immaculate  of Sinners in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

President Michael D Higgins led the mourners at the funeral of the former Fine Gael TD, senator and lord mayor of Dublin Alexis Fitzgerald on Saturday(...)

Sally, Jill and Hilary O’Herlihy, daughters and wife of Bill O’Herlihy at the funeral mass of the RTÉ presenter at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The funeral has taken place of the broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy who died suddenly this week at the age of 76. The congregation at a packed Our Lady of (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two events over the course of the week have suggested Fianna Fáil’s renewal drive is beginning to lose steam: the election of a member of the old guar(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley, leader Micheal Martin and Senator Averil Power. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 4:08

Young, female and from Dublin: 36-year-old Averil Power represented pretty much everything that was missing from Fianna Fáil’s current Oireachtas team(...)

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(...)