Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael  McGrath said: “I fully appreciate the pain that the Universal Social Charge represents for working families and the toll it takes on pay packets.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil will eliminate the Universal Social Charge if it returns to power, the party’s ardfheis has agreed.The party said it will be the policy of(...)

Michelle Gildernew: after the courts examined the 2010 result her margin of victory over agreed unionist candidate Rodney Connor was reduced to a single vote. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Out on Irish Street in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Michelle Gildernew meets her nephew Jordan. “Ah no, I didn’t manage to get registered to vote; I left it (...)

This case will set a precedent for what should be done when there is a breach of the McKenna Principles, as determined by the Supreme Court, governing the conduct of referendum campaigns.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A seven-judge Supreme Court has unanimously refused to order a re-running of the 2012 Children’s Referendum after finding a Dublin woman had failed to(...)

Dublin city councillors have described a suggestion to increase clamping fees by €50 as “crazy”

Dublin city councillors have described a suggestion to increase clamping fees by €50 as “crazy”.At a meeting of the council’s Transport Strategic Poli(...)

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew: Said absence of DUP and Ukip women candidates in forthcoming elections was ‘an absolute disgrace’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

With women making up only a quarter of the 138 candidates in Northern Ireland contesting the forthcoming general election, a leading Belfast-based aca(...)

Anti-nuclear demonstrators march in Glasgow. Patrick Harvie of the Scottish Greens addressed the crowd. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The Scottish Greens were included by the Scottish National Party (SNP) last year alongside a phalanx of other political and non-political organisat(...)

ILeader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, British Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Nick Clegg, Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, ITV news host, Julie Etchingham, Leader of the opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister and Conservative party leader, David Cameron take part in the “ITV Leaders’ Debate” Photograph: Ken McKay/AFP 3:40

Nigel Farage could have used many images in last night’s TV election leaders debate to illustrate his argument that too many foreigners are getting in(...)

Rebuilding the party

The Green Party faces significant challenges in terms of funding, organisation and a restoration of public confidence. Having entered government with (...)

Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader, was critical of Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the position he has taken on Greece. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan.

A Green Party plan to create 10 new regional banks around the country is being examined for feasibility by the Department of Finance. The plan to crea(...)

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan addresses the Green Party conference in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

In 2011, the two parties that had been in coalition for the previous three and a half years took a huge hiding. It was a disaster for Fianna Fáil. But(...)