Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Killarney convention will begin tonight with a short speech by Mr Martin and conclude with his leader’s address tomorrow at 8.30pm. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil is expecting up to 3,000 delegates at its ardfheis in Co Kerry, this weekend. The convention at the INEC(...)

Suzanne Costello, from Dublin South East: “I am not sure people realise just how tough it is if you are poor, sick or unemployed.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The mood among delegates at the Fine Gael Ardfheis was upbeat, although concerns were expressed about issues such as the health services and yo(...)

Minister of State Brian Hayes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister of State Brian Hayes has refused to be drawn on speculation that he will contest the 2014 European elections for Fine Gael in the Dublin cons(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore who said the OECD gave the Government ‘some pointers’ about how to improve its job creation efforts.

Community Employment (CE) schemes have acted as “the cement” holding local society together and will be retained as part of the Government’s employmen(...)