In a volatile and fickle world even the largest party is not immune from car-crash elections – Fine Gael in 2002 and Fianna Fáil in 2007 bear testament to that. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Franklin D Roosevelt’s line that “the only thing we need to fear is fear itself” doesn’t wash too well with your average Dáil Deputy these days. They(...)

Michael McNamara: expected to rejoin the Labour Party. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Clare TD Michael McNamara is set to return to the Labour fold after losing the party whip in May. Mr McNamara was the only Coalition deputy to vote ag(...)

Kenny downplays expectation of giveaway budget following strong exchequer returns. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs and Senators were told by the party’s electoral strategists they must emphasise stability in the election campaign, and that fear of the(...)

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(...)

Woman tells Employment Appeals Tribunal she married when she was 18 and   the marriage was abusive. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

It would be unfair if convictions received while her marriage was breaking up stayed on her record for life, a Dublin woman told the Employment App(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two events over the course of the week have suggested Fianna Fáil’s renewal drive is beginning to lose steam: the election of a member of the old guar(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Drag queen and gay rights activist Rory O’Neill, also known by his stage name Panti, cheers with other supporters for same-sex marriage at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/ Getty Images 3:18

Full list of resultsIreland has officially passed the same-sex marraige referendum with 1.2 million people voting in its favour. The result was confir(...)

Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton became collateral damage in a row between the local organisation and party headquarters on Thursday over a gender quota directive. Photograph: The Irish Times

If the level of political embarrassment was colour-graded, Fine Gael would be scarlet after its shambolic convention in Dublin Bay North on Thursday n(...)