If Fianna Fáil does not take a position, the public’s perception of the party will be shaped by what Micheál Martin himself does.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Just before the Fianna Fáil ardfheis passed a motion effectively calling for the Eighth Amendment to be retained, delegates were warned about finding (...)

President Michael Higgins (centre) talks with New South Wales’ governor David Hurley(right) as they walk in the garden with TánaisteFrances Fitzgerald at Government House in Sydney on October 17th, 2017. Photograph: AFP

President Michael D Higgins has brushed off reports that Fianna Fáil may decide early next year whether to put forward a presidential candidate in 201(...)

Fianna Fáil public expenditure spokesman Dara Calleary  and its finance spokesman Michael McGrath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Just as it is doing quite well out of the confidence and supply agreement in general, Fianna Fáil can feel it has done nicely from the second instalme(...)

President Michael D Higgins: said he would make his intentions known after next summer. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Almost two thirds of voters want to see President Michael D Higgins serve a second term in office, according the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The budget package to be announced by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe next week will be up to €1 billion, far greater than had been initially exp(...)

“Spend more on building houses, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure” was nominated by 52% of voters. Photograph: Getty Images

Voters want to see the Government spend available budget resources building “housing, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure”, according to an Ir(...)

The Oireachtas committee on the eighth amendment  will advise the Government  what kind of referendum it favours, and what kind of legislation should accompany it. Photograph: Getty

Even as the familiar arguments are rehearsed in the Oireachtas committee on the eighth amendment, and politicians fret about the public debate to come(...)

Less than a quarter of voters say  they are in favour of holding a referendum on allowing abortion in all circumstances up to 22 weeks.

Irish voters would prefer a referendum to allow a limited liberalisation of the law on abortion and would back such a proposal, but would reject any p(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Almost half of voters  say they are satisfied with the way he  is doing his job, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Voters approve of Leo Varadkar but want his Government to do a better job, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll. Almost half o(...)

Just 0.4 per cent of tweets written in Japanese hit the current 140-character limit compared to 9 per cent of those in English

There is good news on the horizon for those who find it hard to express themselves in a tweet. Twitter is to invite a random group of users to trial(...)