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(...)

Former minister Mary Hanafin is thought to have the support of the majority of long-serving Fianna Fáil activists  in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The outcome of tonight’s selection convention to choose Fianna Fáil’s candidate for the Dún Laoghaire constituency could be much closer than has been (...)

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(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with Mary Fitzpatrick, who won automatic selection last week to be the sole candidate in her Dublin constituency, and Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s strict application of its gender quota rules has resulted in another two women gaining selection as general election candidates withou(...)

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 (...)

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(...)