Fianna Fáil spokesman on Finance Michael McGrath said his party “voted against the Government amendment because it was self-serving and self-congratulatory.” Photograph: Alan Betson.

Fianna Fáil has accused Tánaiste Joan Burton of a “spectacular misrepresentation” of its tax policies during the Labour Party national conference in (...)

 John Martin, of the New Land League, speaking to members of the media at the entrance to Gorse Hill, the home of Brian O’Donnell, at  Vico Road, Killiney. Photograph: Eric Luke

The New Land League was formed almost spontaneously in 2013, according to its leader, Jerry Beades, when he and others disrupted an Allsops auction i(...)

When Fine Gael and Labour negotiated a programme for government in 2011, they agreed to a “fundamental reorganisation of local governance structures”.(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Spokesmen for 1st Independent Mayo, based in the Taoiseach’s political base, has said the campaign aims to promote community-based politics across the State. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Campaigners for a new type of community-based political representation in Mayo say their template could apply to any constituency across the State.The(...)

Niamh Cosgrave: “I was fighting, fighting, fighting because I knew if I went back down that corridor I wasn’t going to come out of it alive.” Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Chef-Boutonne is a small, picturesque town in southwest France with a population of just over 2,000 people. The sleepy nature of the locality attracte(...)

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen: says Brendan Howlin is weeping “crocodile tears”.  “I’m glad he’s acknowledged the errors of their ways. I’d like to see ways and means by which he might address those errors.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has rejected a claim by his Cabinet colleague and Labour Minister Brendan Howlin that the abolition of town cou(...)

Cameras are brandished by both sides as water charge protesters gather outside the Labour Party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 0:49

The campaign against water charges has become the first popular protest in Ireland to make widespread use of social media – especially video channe(...)

Tánaiste Joan Bruton speaking  at the Labour Party conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

If Labour has decided now is the time to fight back against its critics, then perhaps a message from the grassroots has filtered to the top. The confe(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton after her address to the Labour party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times  2:20

A series of pre-election pledges including increased child benefit next year have been made by Tánaiste Joan Burton.In her keynote speech to the Labou(...)

Labour TD Arthur Spring has told the party’s conference that Labour brought Fine Gael with it on many issues. File  photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Labour has brought Fine Gael with it on many issues, Kerry Labour TD Arthur Spring told the party’s conference in Killarney.He said Labour had introdu(...)