Choice reading: Robert F Kennedy – author of Thirteen Days, chosen by Micheál Martin – in the Oval Office with his brother President John F Kennedy in 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Photograph: Art Rickerby/Life/Getty

In August 2008 David Cameron handed out a list of recommended reading to his fellow Conservative Party MPs before the House of Commons recesssed for i(...)

 Willie O’Dea: Responding to comments from Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Entering government with Fine Gael, as the junior coalition partner, would “be the end of Fianna Fáil as we know it”, former minister Willie O’Dea ha(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea: has criticised the United States, saying it is violating the human rights of two Irish children whose father was killed on August 3rd. Photograph: Frank Miller

The human rights of two Irish children at the centre of a custody battle in the US are being violated in the “most appalling” manner, Fianna Fáil TD (...)

Joan Burton: “My priority is to ensure that as a society we arrive at a situation in which lone parents have the same opportunities as everyone else to access employment, training and education’’

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said she would examine the supports available to all families with children in advance of the October bud(...)

Which way? Yes and No posters on Merrion Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Senior Government figures are increasingly confident the same-sex marriage referendum will pass. Sources predict the Yes vote could be as high as 60 (...)

“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(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s party has no female TD and no TD in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The most significant speech of Micheál Martin’s leadership of Fianna Fáil was a low-key affair before a small crowd in the Tipperary village of Ragg o(...)

 Paul O’Connell,with  Kyran Baxter (4), left,  and Alex O’Doherty (4)  doing their bit for the  Limerick clean-up at Southill. Photograph: FusionShooters

Irish rugby captain Paul O’Connell and racing legend AP McCoy have rolled up their sleeves to take part in a massive clean-up operation in Limerick.Mo(...)

Senator Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, Sean Haughey and Maureen Haughey, daughter of Sean Lemass at the unveiling of the Fianna Fail party’s programme of events to mark the centenary of the 1916 rising. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

A little like the Irish language, most discussion on Fianna Fáil these days tends to be the existential question about its survival prospects. The par(...)

Permanent TSB has requested a possession order on the home of Ger Lonergan from Limerick, who is undergoing treatment for cancer

A Co Limerick father who is undergoing treatment for cancer is in danger of losing his home over a mortgage debt of €32,000. Ger Lonergan was one of (...)