Patrick Callaghan, Clontuskert, Galway East, and Michael O’Donoghue, Kilmurry, Cork North West, at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis  in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 3:13

Recently reminiscing fondly about Charles Haughey, a Fianna Fáil veteran of his era recalled the former taoiseach’s approach to any spell out of gove(...)

“Let Bobby in there, lads!” Micheál Martin puts one arm around byelection candidate Bobby Aylward as he salutes the party faithful at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke. 3:13

In the full and plenty days there was always a generous helping of meat in the middle of the FF sandwich. It sustained the party, helping it become st(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin during his keynote speech at the party’s ardfheis in Dublin on Saturday night. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Make no mistake about it - the general election campaign is under way.At least nine months out from the the polls, Micheál Martin used his party’s ard(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin speaking at the 76th party ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times. 3:13

A cut in Universal Social Charge (USC) and increases in a range of social benefits have been proposed by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.In his keyn(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has described the protestors who confronted former Taoiseach Brian Cowen as he got into his car as “fascists”. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has described the protestors who confronted former Taoiseach Brian Cowen as he got into his car as “fascists” and sa(...)

‘The ultimate test of Martin’s leadership will be whether Fianna Fáil can make serious strides on the road back and emerge as the second largest party after the next election.’ Above, Micheál Martin at the party’s  ard fheis last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

There was some irony in the fact that the Coalition was suddenly blown off course by the Siteserv squall in the same week that the Oireachtas banking (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin speaking at the party’s ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin think they have a “god” at the helm of the party, Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary has claimed. Mr Calleary was speaking at the Fianna Fáil ardf(...)

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(...)

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and health spokesman Billy Kelleher (right) speak to the media before the start of th party’s ardfheis in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 1:31

The Government is lining up the inquiry into the Siteserv deal to ensure it has an outcome it wants, the Fianna Fáil leader has claimed.Micheál Marti(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris insisted the Government was “not initiating this on the basis of any evidence of wrongdoing”. Photograph:   Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Government is insisting it did not establish a review into deals struck by the former Anglo Irish Bank because of “any evidence of wrongdoing”.(...)