Micheal Martin,  leader of Fianna Fáil, and Senator Averil Power in 2011, during a press conference on political reform. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

All of Fianna Fáil’s 21 TDs are male and not one of them lives in Dublin. The average age of 52 is hardly youthful. Only three of its TDs are in their(...)

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(...)

Former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  made this issue a crusade, and the Labour Party may regain some of its supporters as a result of being the most visible party during the campaign. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:20

The factors that contributed to victory for the Yes side in the same-sex marriage referendum are difficult to transfer into conventional politics. The(...)

In setting out a timeframe that may make the first legal gay marriage in the Irish State possible by September, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said: “I am very conscious that many couples will want to get married as soon as possible. I am working to make that happen.”  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government has announced it will fast-track legislation to allow same-sex marriage by early autumn following the decisive referendum result giving(...)

Bobby Aylward (Fianna Fáil), who won the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, canvassing at Piltown, Co Kilkenny, during the campaign. Photograph: Patrick Browne

From the moment this byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny was announced, it was described as “Bobby Aylward’s to lose”. Fianna Fáil tried to play down how cr(...)

There have been  mutterings about a challenge to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin should the party not win the Carlow Kilkenny byelection. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:05

From the moment this byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny was announced, it was described as “Bobby Aylward’s to lose”. For the Fianna Fáil candidate it was (...)

One online campaign during the Same-sex Marriage Referendum in Ireland build-up was the #hometovote phenomenon, which had huge purchase with emigrants. In its own way, this imaginative innovation was the perfect illustration of the way in which the Yes campaign had captured public imagination and popular support. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

This has been the moment where the social media phenomenon has come into its own in an Irish electoral contest. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, W(...)

Fianna Fáil’s newest TD Bobby Aylward celebrates after winning the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan 5:01

Fianna Fáil’s Bobby Aylward has won the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election comfortably after topping the poll with some 28 per cent of the total vote.His vic(...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams:   Micheál Martin said:  “It’s time for Gerry Adams to own up and come clean on the scale of cover-ups and kangaroo courts.”    Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The independent review into how sex-abuse cases had been prosecuted in the North of Ireland has raised serious questions for Gerry Adams and the Sinn(...)

Evidence suggests that, for the first time in an Irish poll, social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been as influential in the referendum campaign as traditional media.   Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Social media has played a significant role in shaping the debate and mobilising voters in the same-sex marriage referendum, according to preliminary (...)