The Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin , speaking at the party’s Ard Fheis last weekend. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin continues to insist his party is “preparing for government”, but that it will not participate in a coalition with ei(...)

Seán Healy, director of Social Justice Ireland, said Stand for Justice event  was a lively discussion that highlighted the four main issues of public services, child poverty, sustainable energy and overseas aid.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ending poverty for Irish children and growing housing problems were hot topics for a cross-party panel of eight politicians and an audience at a Stand(...)

 Willie O’Dea: “I think it’s totally inappropriate. I think it’s absolutely inappropriate. Frankly I’ve never heard anything like it.” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive John Delaney’s decision to seek electoral support for Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly ha(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will not enter coalition with Fine Gael because it would leave Sinn Féin in “pole position” to lead a future government, one of the party’(...)

“The takeaway message from its negative poster this week might be that it has ceded control of the narrative to Fine Gael.”  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

In the week running up to the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in Citywest there has been no shortage of reminders of the party’s past. The Oireachtas banking inq(...)

Potential social welfare recipients must wait almost half a year on average to find out if they are eligible for certain payments following oral appea(...)

Willie O’Dea: “Currently an absent parent can only be pursued until the child has reached aged seven”

Absent parents can no longer be pursued for child maintenance after the age of seven because of the unintended consequence of legislation to cut the a(...)

Willie O’Dea: “The difficulty is that while supply takes time, there are 1,570 children living in emergency accommodation”

The Housing Assistance Payment (Haps) has helped almost 5,000 people remain in their homes, according to Minister of State Kevin Humphreys. He defende(...)

Backbenchers took noisy umbrage on Enda Kenny’s  behalf. Photograph: Eric Luke

Given that the Soldiers of Destiny were anchor tenants for three terms before the current occupants arrived, it cannot be said that Micheál Martin doe(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: He said he would like to find out who was responsible for leaving a 91-year-old man on a trolley for so long.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It must be difficult for the Taoiseach when Michael Noonan is around. Does his Minister for Finance say, “I told you so” every time they bump into eac(...)