Up for the count: Micheál Martin celebrates his re-election in Cork. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Micheál Martin has never been in a stronger position as Fianna Fáil leader. His position is analogous to that of Claudio Ranieri, the manager of ungl(...)

Before breakfast, with a ballot box yet to be opened, The National Interest was taken down from the mantelpiece and dusted off. This most precious of(...)

Fine Gael Mark Kennelly: Kenny’s chief of staff in Government. He is the Taoiseach’s voice in many meetings, largely spending the campaign on the ro(...)

David Farrell Professor of Politics at University College Dublin said voters are leaving it very late to make up their minds. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

This article is part of The Irish Times Meet the Voters series, profiling ten sample voters in a bid to track the impact of the 2016 General Election(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been criticised for being  the only party leader not to participate in the RTÉ’s ‘Six One’ programme on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted he has no problem debating the leaders of the main Opposition parties. Mr Kenny claimed he was unaware he was invit(...)

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin speaking at the party’s Ard Fheis, at Citywest, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Micheál Martin was somewhere between delighted and terrified. The half smile on his face, perhaps suppressing a full beam lest those watching at hom(...)

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(...)

 General Secretary of Fianna Fáil Seán Dorgan told TDs to rule out the possibility of the party going into coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin after the election campaign. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TDs must tell voters the party is ready for government and Micheál Martin should be the next taoiseach, it was claimed in a rebuke to t(...)

Sitting TD Robert Troy who was selected to contest general election for Fianna Fáil in Co Westmeath

Fianna Fáil councillors in Co Longford have called for a gender directive in their constituency to be overturned. The party’s National Constituency C(...)

Same-sex marriage: the campaign knew that voters would warm to parents advocating equality for their own gay and lesbian children. Maureen Gowran appeared with her daughter Sandra Irwin-Gowran (right), of Yes Equality, and her partner, Marion Irwin-Gowran. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Noel Whelan’s first day in the Yes Equality office was March 24th this year, a Tuesday. He had volunteered to be a strategic adviser to the group, (...)