Seán Haughey: surprisingly defeated by Deirdre Heney at the Fianna Fáil convention for the Dublin Bay North constituency.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is likely to add former junior minister Seán Haughey to a general election ticket following his surprise defeat at a constituency selectio(...)

Cllr Sean Haughey and Cllr Deirdre Heney  in Clontarf Castle at the Fianna Fáil Dublin Bay North selection convention. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Cllr Deirdre Heney has been selected as a Fianna Fáil candidate in the Dublin Bay North constituency. In a surprise outcome, she beat former TD Sean (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two events over the course of the week have suggested Fianna Fáil’s renewal drive is beginning to lose steam: the election of a member of the old guar(...)

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(...)

Senator Averil Power gets a hug after announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fáil party  outside Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 4:08

Micheál Martin breezed into Dublin Castle on Saturday afternoon in high spirits. And why not? The Fianna Fáil leader had backed the right horse in the(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says he has gone out of his way to support Averil Power and to assist her in the Seanad elections. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Averil Power of resigning from the party because of constituency politics.Mr Martin strongly rebutted t(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin and FF Senator Averil Power: they clashed over selection of candidates in constituency of Dublin Bay North. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins 4:08

Senator Averil Power has accused the Fianna Fáil party leader Micheál Martin of lying after he accused her of trying to orchestrate a selection conven(...)

Averil Power said Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is “a leader without any followers”. Photograph: Collins

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has said he regrets the decision by Senator Averil Power to resign from the party, but he rejected her criticisms an(...)

A file photograph of former  Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power with party leader Micheál Martin. As she announced her departure from Fianna Fáil, Ms Power said it was “simply not fit for government”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s rare period of political happiness, beginning at 2.20am on Sunday morning when his man claimed victory in the Carl(...)

“Let Bobby in there, lads!” Micheál Martin puts one arm around byelection candidate Bobby Aylward as he salutes the party faithful at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke. 3:13

In the full and plenty days there was always a generous helping of meat in the middle of the FF sandwich. It sustained the party, helping it become st(...)