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 (...)

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell was among the 15 members who voted in favour of the Citizens’ Assembly recommendation.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Oireachtas committee examining Ireland’s abortion law has agreed that Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution should not be retained in full. The d(...)

Senator Rónán Mullen and  Mattie McGrath TD both voted against the recommendation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment has made its first significant decision. At a late-night meeting, the committee agreed to acc(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross, who has proposed the Bill. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael TDs will not have a free vote on controversial drink-driving legislation despite many of the members criticising the proposals. The party d(...)

Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty: “I’m saying Fianna Fáil can’t be trusted. They can’t be trusted with the economy. They can’t be trusted with the sincerity of actually saying something that people can believe in.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty is standing over her claims that Fianna Fáil “can’t be trusted” despite calls from Willie O’Dea for her(...)

Fianna Fáil Dublin West TD Jack Chambers said the Government was proposing a 200-fold funding increase for yet another “bureaucratic quango”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has had to rely on the support of Sinn Féin to narrowly defeat an Opposition effort to remove a highly contentious provision in its new(...)

Niall Collins of Fianna Fáil said the Government’s unwillingness to publish reports into Brexit by some of its departments is unhelpful. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil has accused the Government of deliberately suppressing two more reports on the economic impact of Brexit on Ireland. The reports, commiss(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets ESB Network workers in Kilcock as they clear fallen power lines the day after  Hurricane Ophelia battered  Ireland. How did his Government rate in its reaction to the storm? Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar held a number of press conferences throughout the passing of Storm Ophelia, did live interviews and donned a high-vis jacket to(...)

Senator Catherine Noone, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, speaks during session this afternoon. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has tonight voted not to retain Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution (another term for the amendment) i(...)

 Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O’Loughlin and party spokesman on social protection Willie O’Dea TD during a press briefing by the party on  pensions. Photograph: Collins

A Dáil debate on Wednesday night provides the “appropriate” opportunity for Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty to apologise for calling Fia(...)