There is a belief in Dublin, as well as London, that Michelle O’Neill was ready to do a deal but was effectively blocked by senior members in Sinn Féin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

As crews across Ireland, North and South, work to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses following Storm Ophelia, Sinn Féin and the DUP ar(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has managed to keep a delicate political balancing act going for far longer than many expected when he agreed to und(...)

According to the CSO Quarterly National Household Survey, overall supplementary pension coverage nationally was 51 per cent in 2009 but had fallen to 46 per cent in 2015. Photograph: iStock
Defusing the pensions time bomb

The most recent census produced possibly the most startling and frightening statistic to date in relation to private pensions coverage in this country(...)

A graphic showing the proposals for the expansion of Cork city. Photograph: Irish Times graphics

The proposed expansion of Cork city could have as devastating effect on rural communities in Co Cork as Brexit could have on the Irish economy, Michae(...)

Winds batter the coast as Storm Ophelia hits the Co Clare town of Lahinch on Monday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The west coast escaped the worst of Storm Ophelia, with spot flooding and trees felled, but up to 7,300 homes and businesses in parts of Galway and Ma(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: ardfheis speech was symbolic of the crisis of conscience Fianna Fáil is enduring. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil may tell you they are buoyed and ready for an election but the mood in the RDS this weekend told its own story. Ask any of the 4,000 dele(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin stressed in his ardfheis speech that  the Government is “on notice” to deliver in the areas of housing and health. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Fine Gael and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar are “out-of-touch” elites who are seeking to divide Irish society, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has claimed.(...)

Leo Varadkar, then minister for social protection, with Kathleen Stack of the Department of Social Protection in April. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Social welfare fraud detection is down significantly so far this year despite a prominent campaign launched by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar encouraging the (...)

 Delegates attending the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis had to choose between the Halloween “scare house” on Simmonscourt Road or the “Ireland for All” hot-air house on Merrion Road. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The billboard on the corner wasn’t helpful, confusing visitors before they even set foot inside the door. Pitched on a main junction between neighbour(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin also put the Government ‘on notice’ in regard to the delivery of housing and health. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has urged the Government to talk directly to the British government about the implications of Brexit. Speaking on (...)