“If it was a fresh approach you were looking for, [Micheál Martin’s keynote] speech didn’t provide it. It simultaneously offered very little, and a lot more of the same.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Make no mistake about it - the general election campaign is under way.At least nine months out from the the polls, Micheál Martin used his party’s ard(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  speaking at the 76th party  ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 3:13

A cut in Universal Social Charge (USC) and increases in a range of social benefits have been proposed by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.In his keyn(...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins said he supported a Yes vote in the same sex marriage referendum as ‘we are a progressive republican party with a long, proud and progressive track record in promoting equality’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times. 3:13

There were mixed views among delegates at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis on the party’s support for the marriage equality referendum.Opening the debate, par(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael  McGrath said: “I fully appreciate the pain that the Universal Social Charge represents for working families and the toll it takes on pay packets.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil will eliminate the Universal Social Charge if it returns to power, the party’s ardfheis has agreed.The party said it will be the policy of(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has described the protestors who confronted former Taoiseach Brian Cowen as he got into his car as “fascists”. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin has described the protestors who confronted former Taoiseach Brian Cowen as he got into his car as “fascists” and sa(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin shakes hand with a delegate at the party’s ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times. 3:13

Delegates at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis have called on the party to publicly rule out going into government with Fine Gael after the next general electi(...)

‘The ultimate test of Martin’s leadership will be whether Fianna Fáil can make serious strides on the road back and emerge as the second largest party after the next election.’ Above, Micheál Martin at the party’s  ard fheis last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

There was some irony in the fact that the Coalition was suddenly blown off course by the Siteserv squall in the same week that the Oireachtas banking (...)

The Fianna Fáil/Green cabinet was told in 2009 the average cost of providing domestic water services to households at the time was about €348 a year.(...)

Former tánaiste and minister for education  Mary Coughlan and former taoiseach Brian Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Soldiers of Destiny are out in force today for their ardfheis in the RDS. They will have a lot to say about the IBRC controversy causing ru(...)

Audrey Eager: ‘The main discussion among the diaspora at a political level is the right to vote on issues in Ireland.’

An idea starts off in your head as a little seed. Then it becomes an itch that won’t go away. This Saturday, I’ll be in the RDS in Dublin, living proo(...)