Mary Hanafin as minister for education increased the oral component of Irish from 20 to 40 per cent for Leaving and Junior Cert

PROBLEM: I am a principal of a large Dublin boys’ secondary school. The ASTI has an embargo on orals for Irish and European languages for the Junior (...)

Up for the count: Micheál Martin celebrates his re-election in Cork. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Micheál Martin has never been in a stronger position as Fianna Fáil leader. His position is analogous to that of Claudio Ranieri, the manager of ungl(...)

Paschal Donohoe: Under pressure to retain his seat in Dublin Central

The substantial churn of TDs at the last general election saw a number of ministers lose their seats. The biggest ever cull of office-holders conduct(...)

It’s just a spoof site, featuring Denis O’Brien and Enda Kennedy, but it’s all very professionally done and many people have been fooled

SITES FOR SORE EYES Go to finegael2016.com and you’ll be confronted first by the happy, smiling face of Enda Kenny, as you might expect. But wait, is(...)

 Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin canvasses resident Frank McGee  in the Park area of Cabinteely, in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On a cold, wet, dark February night five years ago, I drove out to Blanchardstown to meet a young Fianna Fáil councillor, David McGuinness. I was doin(...)

Comments posted by the wife of former taoiseach Brian Cowen in which she  accused Fianna Fáil councillor Mary Hanafin (right) of being disloyal to party leader Micheál Martin.

Fianna Fáil members have reacted angrily to the leaking of comments made by the wife of former taoiseach Brian Cowen on a private Facebook page. Mary(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will not enter coalition with Fine Gael because it would leave Sinn Féin in “pole position” to lead a future government, one of the party’(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien was among the coffin-bearers, as the remains of PJ Mara, the former government press secretary, were removed to St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

A Requiem Mass for Patrick Joseph (PJ) Mara, the former government press secretary and Fianna Fáil strategist, has taken place in Dublin. Former tao(...)

Three pieces of the roof of the former Glenalbyn swimming pool in Stillorgan in Dublin were brought to a Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on Monday night.  File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Three pieces of the roof of the former Glenalbyn swimming pool in Stillorgan in Dublin were brought to a Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on Mond(...)

Former minister Mary Hanafin who has been added to the Fianna Fáil ticket in  the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has added Councillor Mary Hanafin to the ticket in Dún Laoghaire. Ms Hanafin had narrowly lost out at the selection convention to council(...)