FF party leader Micheál Martin: New rules introduced by Fianna Fáil in 2013 compel its leader to convene a special ardfheis should he or she wish to enter a coalition. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil members are to vote at the party’s Ardfheis next weekend on whether it should rule out going into coalition with Fine Gael after the next (...)

FF leader Micheál Martin: “Some women say to me they just don’t like the way the Dail operates.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin has said “confidence and lifestyle” issues are a central to the party’s difficulties in securing more female election candi(...)

Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy and councillor Kate O’Connell will contest the four-seat Dublin Bay South constituency for the party in the next general election.

Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy and councillor Kate O’Connell have been selected by the party to contest the Dublin Bay South constituency in the next gene(...)

File photograph of Tom Geraghty from The Public Service Executive Union  at the Department of Finance. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Mid-ranking civil servants have ruled out providing any additional productivity in return for pay restoration in forthcoming talks with the Government(...)

The president of the Public Service Executive Union - which represents mid-ranking civil servants - has ruled out providing extra work in return for pay restoration.

Mid-ranking civil servants have ruled out providing extra work in return for pay restoration in forthcoming talks with the Government. Public Service (...)

The battle for Leinster House: Some TDs are budgeting for two general elections in 2016.

Word reaches us that a crafty cohort of TDs are now budgeting for two general elections in 2016.Before we arrive at the iconic year, the rapidly-appro(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who along with her French counterpart François Hollande,  has been notably quiet in their public comments on the trade pact. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

European Commission officials travel across the Atlantic next week for talks on the European Union-United States trade deal as the ninth round of n(...)

The Labour Party is not taking a position on the Government-backed referendum to reduce the minimum age for presidential candidates.A spokesman for Fi(...)

Fianna Fáil will phase out alcohol sponsorship of sports games over five years and abolish plans to introduce Universal Health Insurance if it gets in(...)

‘Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin insisted he had not found recent comments by Fine Gael Ministers about increased productivity being the quid pro quo for pay rises in any way unhelpful.’

Fine Gael and Labour Government Ministers are “at one” in relation to their approach to pay restoration for public sector workers, according to Minist(...)