Senator Averil Power claimed Fianna Fáil failed to launch a sufficiently strong canvass in support of the same-sex marriage referendum, and was critical of the party leadership before resigning last month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to reshuffle some Seanad portfolios in the wake of the resignation of Senator Averil Power from the party. Senato(...)

Senator Averil Power announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fail party on the plinth outside Leinster House last week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A Fianna Fáil Senator has praised former colleague Averil Power’s contribution to the party. He said, in a statement, he regretted Ms Power’s decision(...)

 Martin Mansergh pictured at an  Easter Rising commemoration in  Arbour Hill in April. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Martin Mansergh, a former Fianna Fáil minister of state and senior adviser to a number of taoisigh, is attempting a Dáil comeback.He will be among the(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton  said the Irish election would be about economic recovery and would be very different to the UK contest.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she does not believe Labour will suffer the same fate in the next general election as the Liberal Democrats in the UK el(...)

Introducing the Thirty-Fourth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2015, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger said cases had emerged, due to the 1983 abortion amendment, which had appalled people throughout the country and internationally. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A referendum to remove the 1983 abortion amendment from the Constitution should be a matter for the next Dáil, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has sa(...)

Brian Lenihan’s brother, former TD and minister of state Conor Lenihan: “The matter is in the hands of my lawyer.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The family of the late Brian Lenihan are seeking legal advice following the Oireachtas banking inquiry’s refusal to allow them to give evidence.Mr Le(...)

Fianna Fáil’s spokesman on justice and equality Niall Collins TD says the referendum is about the fundamental issue of equality. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Sharp differences between delegates emerged during the ardfheis debate on the marriage equality referendum. Dublin delegate Peter Soden claimed Fiann(...)

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Sinn Féin: said the proposals for Irish citizens living abroad fell far short of what people wanted and deserved. Photograph: Alan Betson

Proposals to extend Seanad voting rights to emigrants and people living in the North are unlikely to be implemented before the election due early nex(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister of state John O’Leary  has claimed a meeting he had with Charlie Haughey led him to believe the former taoiseach was aware of the tapping of journalists’ telephones

A former Fianna Fáil minister of state has claimed a meeting he had with Charlie Haughey led him to believe the former taoiseach was aware of the tapp(...)

“It is a load of nonsense and, frankly, more irritating than anything else,” says Independent TD Michael Lowry. Photograph: Brian Arthur/Press 22

Independent TD Michael Lowry has described as “political correctness gone mad” media reaction to his lobbying for the reappointment of public relatio(...)