Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with Mary Fitzpatrick, who won automatic selection last week to be the sole candidate in her Dublin constituency, and Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s strict application of its gender quota rules has resulted in another two women gaining selection as general election candidates withou(...)

Seán Conlan: recently involved in series of high-profile controversies. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A Fine Gael TD involved in a number of recent controversies has told his local party members in a letter distributed ahead of a selection convention(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Michael Kitt said: “I wish to thank the people of Galway East for their immense support over the past 40 years.” File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Michael Kitt has confirmed his retirement from politics. The Leas-Cheann Comhairle said he would not be contesting the next general ele(...)

 Ciarán Hussey in Mongolia. Hussey is cycling home from Japan with his girlfriend Laura McMorrow.

What better way to make your way back from Japan to Ireland than by bicycle? Most people may not be too keen on the idea of cycling over 10,000km,(...)

Senator Lorraine Higgins at Pearse Street Garda Station this week.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

In recent months, comments I received via email and on social- media platforms I use have forced me to question how or indeed whether I would continue(...)

Coalition: Sources indicate there has been a definite change of attitude among some in Fine Gael since IAG chief executive Willie Walsh engaged in a round of publicity last week. Photograph: PA 2:13

A growing number of Fine Gael TDs and Ministers say the Coalition should seriously consider selling the State’s shareholding in Aer Lingus. Some backb(...)

John Tierney, MD of Irish Water: held a briefing with TDs and Senators at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A Fine Gael TD last night warned Taoiseach Enda Kenny he may not be able to support the party in the Dáil unless the Government began listening to its(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan told Fine Gael TDs at  this evening’s lengthy parliamentary party meeting to focus on “the new Ireland” and to put recent controversies behind them.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has told Fine Gael TDs and senators at a lengthy parliamentary party meeting to focus on “the new Ireland” and to (...)

A shrine set up at the site of what is believed to be the location of a mass grave of up to 800 children in the grounds of the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam, Co Galwy. Photograph: EPA

A statutory commission of investigation is to be set up by the Government into issues in religious-run mother and baby homes across the State. The dec(...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan ordered the preliminary exercise following disclosures that almost 800 infants and young children had died in the Bon Secours home. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan will today brief his Cabinet colleagues on progress in a scoping examination of high mortality rates, burial(...)