Longford’s Colm P Smyth and Dermot Brady close in on Offaly’s Joseph O’Connor during the Leinster championship first round clash at Tullamore. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Longford captain Dermot Brady says his men are under no illusion about the task facing them against Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday but they are looki(...)

Irish Rugby Captain’s Run at Thomond Park: Colm O’Shea and Luke McGrath. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has distanced himself from last week’s upheaval at Leinster which saw Matt O’Connor removed as head coach two years into his three year co(...)

Matt O’Connor with his former charges. The low point, ironically, was a victory over Benetton Treviso at the RDS. Leinster had become almost unwatchable.  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

I must admit to being slightly sceptical at the robust and uniform manner in which the Leinster players defended Matt O’Connor over the past season. T(...)

Micheal Martin,  leader of Fianna Fáil, and Senator Averil Power in 2011, during a press conference on political reform. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

All of Fianna Fáil’s 21 TDs are male and not one of them lives in Dublin. The average age of 52 is hardly youthful. Only three of its TDs are in their(...)

Fianna Fáil welcomes its latest TD Bobby Aylward (Carlow-Kilkenny) to Leinster House yesterday. Mr Aylward is accompanied by party leader Micheál Martin (right) and other supporters. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The son of former president Mary McAleese has criticised Fianna Fáil’s role in the same-sex marriage referendum. Justin McAleese said the party has tr(...)

 Senator Averil Power on the plinth outside Leinster House  yesterday after announcing her resignation from  Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

When the Fianna Fáil empire struck back against Senator Averil Power’s audacious departure from the party, it had to be extremely careful about the op(...)

Bobby Aylward (centre) has his hand raised by Carlow-Kilkenny Fianna Fáil colleague John McGuinness on his arrival at Leinster House after winning a byelection in the constituency at the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil put on a united front as it welcomed Carlow-Kilkenny byelection winner Bobby Aylward back to Leinster House. Mr Aylward (60) arrived to t(...)

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel has won the top prize at the Irish Restaurant Awards.

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel has been chosen as the best restaurant in the country. The restaurant, the only eaterie i(...)

Senator Averil Power after announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fáil party. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil did not get much time to bask in its first bit of good news in four years. About 36 hours was the sum of it.Then, unannounced, Averil Pow(...)

Senator Averil Power gets a hug after announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fáil party  outside Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 4:08

Micheál Martin breezed into Dublin Castle on Saturday afternoon in high spirits. And why not? The Fianna Fáil leader had backed the right horse in the(...)