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(...)

Seán Haughey and Deirdre Heney:  The former junior minister  lost the Dublin Bay North selection convention to Dublin city councillor Deirdre Heney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A meeting of senior Fianna Fáil strategists next weekend is to begin finalising the party’s approach to candidates and tickets for the general electi(...)

‘Compare the obstacles facing the average student with, for example, those faced by Joanne O’Riordan, the disability rights campaigner who was born without limbs and who last year got sufficient grades in the Leaving Cert to study criminology at UCC.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A hazard of this time of year is bumping into parents bragging about how many points their children got in the Leaving Cert. It’s not just distasteful(...)

The number of students taking chemistry is up 4.2 per cent to 7,533, with an increase of 0.6 per cent in honours grades

The big success story of this year’s Leaving Cert is the growth in numbers taking higher-level Irish, and getting honours in it. Almost 20,000 stud(...)

Ann Fell is consoled by family and friends at the funeral of her husband, Charlie, at St Alphonsus and Columba Church in Ballybrack/Killiney. Photograph: Sara Freund

Charlie Fell was lighthearted but never lightweight, his funeral Mass was told on Thursday morning. His friend Mick Dunne recalled how “he quoted from(...)

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(...)