“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 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 (...)

Alan Dukes at the press conference in Dublin he organised to discuss the ongoing controversy over Siteserv. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

IBRC rejected a proposal to appoint the Department of Finance’s most senior civil servant to the board of the troubled bank, with chairman Alan Dukes (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin addresses the party’s ardfheis in the RDS.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 1:31

Fianna Fáil is ready to go back into Government, the party leader told its ardfheis in Dublin tonight. Micheál Martin told delegates the party was pre(...)

From 2002 to 2009, Donal Forde ran the AIB unit responsible for €17 billion of loans for land and property development in Ireland. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Donal Forde, the former head of AIB’s operation in Ireland, has conceded that his annual pay in the boom years was “silly” and “inordinate”, but it(...)

John O’Mahony said Mayo and Galway West shared similar issues that he had worked on during his time in the Dáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Mayo TD John O’Mahony has decided to change constituencies to Galway West ahead of the General Election despite previously saying he was being treated(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has announced that the  Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will be published this summer.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will be published this summer with a view to being made law by the end of the year, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Comptroller and Auditor General is “correct” in his comments that his office cannot investigate the sale of Siteserv.  Speaking on his way into an EU summit in Brussels Mr Kenny insisted the Government has “nothing to hide” in relation to the sale of the business by IBRC. Photograph: AFP

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Comptroller and Auditor General is “correct” in his comments that his office cannot investigate the sale of Siteserv(...)