Mary Mitchell O’Connor won the Fine Gael selection convention in Dún Laoghaire: The party has now held 18 conventions and picked 11 female candidates. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael strategists believe the party will have an election edge over Fianna Fáil because of greater progress in the selection of women candidates t(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Aylward arrives triumphantly at the Dáil after his win in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, and Senator Averil Power announces her resignation from Fianna Fáil at Government Buildings. Photographs: Colin Keegan/Collins; Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two events over the course of the week have suggested Fianna Fáil’s renewal drive is beginning to lose steam: the election of a member of the old guar(...)

When Juno Hennessy-Quirke took her very first toddling steps at the Galway West referendum count centre, her civilly partnered parents couldn’t quite (...)

Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh, said he did a very, very weak Leaving Certificate in Irish: his writing skills were okay, but his spoken Irish was very poor. Photograph: The Irish Times 5:05

The Minister of State with responsibility for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh has achieved a “feabhas mór” (big improvement) in the standard of his Irish in (...)

Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton became collateral damage in a row between the local organisation and party headquarters on Thursday over a gender quota directive. Photograph: The Irish Times

If the level of political embarrassment was colour-graded, Fine Gael would be scarlet after its shambolic convention in Dublin Bay North on Thursday n(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: “I don’t accept that there will be a culling of male TDs”

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he does not accept sitting male TDs will be “culled” to make way for women because of gender(...)

Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil: “I have never agreed with washing the party’s dirty linen in public and I want it to stop now.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Martin has accused some of his TDs of having a pathetic and juvenile lack of discipline and said they owed it to the founders and(...)

Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)

Senator Hildegarde Naughton (above) has a “strong public image” but “poor knowledge of the political landscape”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael could be damaged in Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Mayo constituency because of “real concerns over perceived lack of Government delivery”, accordi(...)

Micheál Martin: “It is ironic that the only party with no direct connection to 1916 is the one most likely to try and abuse it for political purposes.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Sinn Féin of trying to abuse the Easter Rising for narrow political purposes.Launching his party’s comme(...)