Michael McNamara said he was not prepared “to gamble with what I believe is the key to the economic development of all of this State.” Photograph: Eric Luke/ THE IRISH TIMES

The decision was finally made to sell off some of the family silver in the Dáil yesterday. It was removed from the State’s sideboard amid bitter excha(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘I did not see the report you refer to. Neither did the Minister for Transport.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Enda Kenny has admitted that he had not read an internal Aer Lingus document on the sale of the airline that indicated job losses of up to 40 per c(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the sale of Aer Lingus would result in job creation, new routes and the Minister for Finance would have a veto over the sale of the valuable Heathrow slots under the deal with IAG, owners of British Airways and Iberian. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos.

Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports have backed the sale of Aer Lingus as being good for Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said in a strong defence of t(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accused the Government of adopting a “slippery, sleeveen’’ approach to sale of Aer Lingus. 3:36

The sale of the State’s share in Aer Lingus will create employment, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has insisted in the Dáil. “It is envisaged (...)

Micheal Martin,  leader of Fianna Fáil, and Senator Averil Power in 2011, during a press conference on political reform. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

All of Fianna Fáil’s 21 TDs are male and not one of them lives in Dublin. The average age of 52 is hardly youthful. Only three of its TDs are in their(...)

Aer Lingus chief executive Stephen Kavanagh has told the Minister for Transport he does not foresee compulsory redundancies or outsourcing of jobs in the event of IAG buying the Government’s 25 per cent stake in the company.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The sale of the State’s 25 per cent stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group (IAG) has been recommended by the Cabinet and will go before t(...)

 Senator Averil Power on the plinth outside Leinster House  yesterday after announcing her resignation from  Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

When the Fianna Fáil empire struck back against Senator Averil Power’s audacious departure from the party, it had to be extremely careful about the op(...)

Bobby Aylward (centre) has his hand raised by Carlow-Kilkenny Fianna Fáil colleague John McGuinness on his arrival at Leinster House after winning a byelection in the constituency at the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil put on a united front as it welcomed Carlow-Kilkenny byelection winner Bobby Aylward back to Leinster House. Mr Aylward (60) arrived to t(...)

Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Niall Collins told RTÉ’s Today programme he was disappointed with the manner of the decision by Averil Power (above) to leave the party. He disagreed with her claim that the vast majority of the party’s elected representatives refused to campaign for the same-sex marriage referendum. 4:08

Two Fianna Fáil TDs have jumped to the defence of party leader Micheál Martin in the wake of the shock resignation of Senator Averil Power. Billy Kel(...)

Senator Averil Power after announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fáil party. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil did not get much time to bask in its first bit of good news in four years. About 36 hours was the sum of it.Then, unannounced, Averil Pow(...)