After the referendum defeat, Alex Salmond said it was time for a new leader who could now take the devolution process forward. Photograph: PA

For Scottish leader Alex Salmond, the journey started with tales from his granddad about repelling the English invaders in the 14th century. It ended (...)

Then taoiseach Bertie Ahern at a press conference in October 2001 to announce plans for the 2002 referendum on abortion. “In making the case for that referendum and for rowing back on the suicide ground Bertie Ahern and indeed Micheál Martin repeatedly cited the so-called ‘slippery slope’ argument that legislating for termination on grounds of suicide would, as Ahern put it, ‘commence an inevitable slide towards social abortion in Ireland’.” Photograph: Chris Bacon/PA

Chairing a panel discussion at the recent Fianna Fáil ardfheis I couldn’t resist asking the political scientist Tim Bale how he thought the par(...)

Fianna Fáil’s capacity to recover will depend on its leader Micheál Martin’s success in tackling inherent organisational defects. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the early hours of yesterday morning the political scientist Prof Ken Carty of the University of British Columbia tweeted a link to this new(...)