Fianna Fáil’s Nioclás Ó Conchúbhair: ‘The word I am hearing is that we did better than expected, and why would we blow that now?’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

There are few in Connemara who can define realpolitik better than former Fianna Fáil senator Nioclás Ó Conchúbhair. Ó Conchúbhair was appointed to (...)

Fianna Fáil’s Eamon Scanlon.

Fianna Fáil has won two seats in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency where in the last election they took none. Senator Marc MacSharry topped the poll an(...)

The remains of PJ Mara are carried to his final resting place at Mount Cross Cemetery, Kinvara, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

To the strains of Lord Lovat’s Lament, lone piper Chris O’Brien led Fianna Fáil strategist PJ Mara to his final resting place in south Galway’s Kinvar(...)

Pat Rabbitte: Landed several blows that winded the windy Senator Marc Mac Sharry. Photograph: The Irish Times

A strange turn of events. Senator Marc Mac Sharry insisting he knows nothing. Everyone else convinced that he does. An unexpected departure from th(...)

IFA general secretary Pat Smith, book editor Matt Dempsey, Ray MacSharry and IFA president Eddie Downey at the book launch. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Former EU commissioner Ray MacSharry has challenged Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald to come “out on the street” and repeat allegations she m(...)

 News Fianna Fail Senator Marc MacSharry

Fianna Fáil has selected Senator Marc MacSharry and former TD Eamon Scanlon to contest the general election in Sligo-Leitrim.The constituency which no(...)

Mary Lou McDonald alleged last December a number of prominent individuals had links to Ansbacher offshore accounts following information released by a whistleblower. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald does not intend to retract her Ansbacher comments which were found to be an abuse of Dáil privilege.She alle(...)

Comments made by Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald about alleged Ansbacher account holders in the Dáil last December were found to be “in the nature of being defamatory” and “an abuse of privilege”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald abused her Dáil privilege by naming a number people with alleged links to Ansbacher offshore accounts last y(...)

Sinn Féin  deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said the procedure adopted by the Committee on Procedure and Privilege in its findings was “deeply flawed, affording me neither access to the letters, and therefore the basis of the complaint... nor an explanation for the CPP decision”.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has criticised a Dail committee’s decision that she abused process when she linked six former politicians wi(...)

Mary Lou McDonald last December made comments using Dáil privilege to link six named politicians to offshore Ansbacher accounts. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former politicians named as alleged Ansbacher account holders by Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald have made formal complaints to the Oireach(...)