Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with FF TDs as they arrive for the first day of the 32nd Dáil. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

They don’t like the term, “grand coalition”, the Fianna Fáil grassroots. There’s nothing grand at all about the idea of serving as a junior partner, o(...)

 People taking part in a protest organised by Tyrrelstown Tenants Action Group , outside Davy House with a march to Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fingal County Council has confirmed it is in contact with the developer of the Tyrrelstown housing estate with a view to purchasing a number of the un(...)

A protest organised by Tyrrelstown Tenants Action Group before it marched to Leinster House in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Residents of a west Dublin housing estate who have been served with notices to quit their rental accommodation after a Goldman Sachs vulture fund took(...)

 Dick Burke was first elected to the Dail for Dublin South in 1969 and was immediately appointed as chief whip of Fine Gael by Mr Cosgrave. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former government minister and European Commissioner Dick Burke has died at the age of 83. Mr Burke was first elected to the Dail for Dublin South in(...)

Fine Gael  and Fianna Fáil will intensify talks with Independents and smaller parties this week to secure support for either Enda Kenny or Micheál Martin’s candidacy for taoiseach. Photographs: The Irish Times

There is “no way” Fine Gael in opposition would support a Fianna Fáil minority government on a case-by-case basis, one of the party’s senior figures (...)

Joe Higgins with AAA/People Before Profit TD Mick Barry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It may be Trotsky rather than Mao that inspires the AAA but when Cork left winger, Mick Barry takes his seat as a AAA/People Before Profit TD in Dáil (...)

Jack Chambers, who was elected as a Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin West, has been attacked over his appearance and his views on abortion. Photograph: Alan Betson

Around the time of voting day in the general election, Jack Chambers did a strange thing. He stopped posting messages on Twitter and Facebook and swit(...)

Newly elected FF TD Jack Chambers: “Fundamental policy differences” between the parties have only widened during the election. Photograph: Alan Betson

It all seemed so much easier in the good old days, said comedian Gráinne McGuire last weekend. “Just vote against whatever side might have tried to k(...)

Josepha Madigan TD talks to beaten FG running mate Alan Shatter. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Fine Gael’s performance in the capital marked something of a bright spot for the party as it lost ground elsewhere across the country. It is now the m(...)

Before breakfast, with a ballot box yet to be opened, The National Interest was taken down from the mantelpiece and dusted off. This most precious of(...)