Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil must carve out a distinctive identity and give people a reason to vote for the party or it risks becoming the “next SDLP”, a byelection po(...)

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has launched an investigation into alleged social welfare fraud involving departmental construction contracts, the Dáil was told today.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has ordered an investigation into alleged social welfare fraud involving departmental construction contracts, the (...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with members of his party, Sinn Féin TDs and Independent TDs. after the Oposition parties withdrew from the Dáil yesterday in protest over the Government’s  handling of the water service Bill. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The legislation paving the way for water metering passed all stages in the Dáil amid controversy and a walkout by the Opposition.Independent TD for Ro(...)

 Luke “Ming” Flanagan. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has called an emergency meeting of the Dail’s Committee on Procedure and Privileges (CPP) today following an incident in (...)

Lucinda Creighton TD asked Enda Kenny why the HSE plan had been delayed when it was supposed to go before the health committee on Thursday.

Minister for Health James Reilly “takes his time”, the Taoiseach said when questioned about why the 2014 health service plan has still not gone to the(...)

Fianna Fail spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley, and party colleague Niall Collins Fianna fail spokesperson on Justice with Gemma O’Farrell at Leinster House yesterday . Gemma’s 23-year-old brother Shane was killed by a hit and run driver in August 2011 in Monaghan and Fianna Fail have published a bill to crack down on hit and run drivers by introducing tougher penalties and extending the powers of arrest of the gardaí. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Three members of the Oireachtas who allegedly had penalty points quashed for traffic offences have been named in the Dáil. Independent TD Luke (...)