Social welfare office in Dublin: the Government controversially  outsourced its job-finding scheme to   recruitment firms Turas Nua and Seetec. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Private sector operators of the Government’s new JobPath scheme are to be paid a sequence of “job-sustainment fees” based on the length of time they k(...)

Mary Fitzpatrick (pictured with party leader Micheál Martin) was also selected last year to run for Fianna Fáil in the European Parliament election.

Mary Fitzpatrick has been selected unopposed as Fianna Fáil’s candidate in Dublin Central for the general election. Her name was the only name that we(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Confidence? No confidence? Actually, it was a motion of no consequence. And everyone in Leinster House knew it. Photograph: Eric Luke

A day lost discussing a spelling error. It took an English teacher to recognise it. The Dáil returned from its lengthy summer break to debate a motion(...)

Cormac Devlin:  “If people are being told they must select a certain gender, I think that is wrong. The members should be supreme and they should be respected by the party.”

Fianna Fáil councillor Cormac Devlin has warned he will take legal action against the party if it issues a directive to select a female candidate in (...)

Bertie Ahern spoke said of the idea of gender quotas: “I don’t agree with it, I think it is zany.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has criticised the gender quotas and said he is firmly against their introduction. Mr Ahern was speaking on Newstalk rad(...)

Joe Costello TD: said voting pact with Fine Gael was ‘fraught with danger’. Photograph: David Sleator

Figures in both Fine Gael and Labour figures have indicated that co-operation between the parties in the lead-up to the general election will not exte(...)

Sinn Féin “are organised nationally. We are scrutinised North and south. In the North, there is a legal obligation to publish your annual accounts,” said Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sinn Féin is the most scrutinised party in Ireland, according to deputy leader has Mary Lou McDonald. Ms McDonald said those suggesting Sinn Féin is (...)

Cllrs Sean Haughey and Deirdre Heney  at the recent FF Dublin Bay North selection convention. There is major division in party  over whether Mr Haughey should be added to ticket. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A number of high-profile Fianna Fáil candidates, including Seán Haughey, will learn in the coming days if they will be automatic selections on the pa(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. 	File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Labour leader Joan Burton of being “irresponsible” and “cr(...)

Seán Haughey and Deirdre Heney:  The former junior minister  lost the Dublin Bay North selection convention to Dublin city councillor Deirdre Heney. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A meeting of senior Fianna Fáil strategists next weekend is to begin finalising the party’s approach to candidates and tickets for the general electi(...)