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Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘I intend to lead Fianna Fáil into the next election, yes’.   File photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said he intends to lead Fianna Fáil into the next election as Tánaiste, but that plan was questioned by one of his most p(...)

Irish politics entered a dramatic new phase in 2020 but the political convulsions were put in the shade by the Covid-19 pandemic, which transformed da(...)

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex: took backseats as members of the British royal family. Photograph:  Samir Hussein/WireImage

January 8th In the month when Brexit becomes official, the British people are faced with a new crisis: Megxit. Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markl(...)

 Laois-Offaly Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen: he  said he was confident the next application would  not be refused. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former agriculture minister Barry Cowen said he was confident plans for a €40 million Chinese beef plant in Offaly, which was initially refused govern(...)

Leo Varadkar’s leak ‘not a mortal sin but certainly a venal one’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

There is unease at Government and official levels over the controversy surrounding Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s leaking of a draft €210 million deal negoti(...)

 Former Fianna Fáil deputy leader Éamon Ó Cuív: opposed the  deal with Fine Gael and the Green Party and said it should talk to Sinn Féin about a coalition.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív has called for Micheál Martin to be replaced as leader and is seeking a “new direction” for the party. Mr Ó Cuív, a grand(...)

Dara Calleary is the second minister for agriculture to resign since the formation of the new Government.  File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former minister for agriculture Dara Calleary has resigned from his position as deputy leader of Fianna Fáil following the controversy over his attend(...)

‘It would be difficult to think of a more irresponsible act on the part of those who attended’ this dinner. Among those in attendance was Dara Calleary who has now resigned. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The revelations about the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner and the resignation of the Minister for Agriculture Dara Calleary, which will convulse politi(...)

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has said the Government has got off to ‘a pretty rocky start.’ Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has said the Government has got off to “a pretty rocky start” and there has been “a lot of unforced errors that could have been (...)

The three-way coalition comprising Leo Varadkar’s Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil under Micheál Martin and Eamon Ryan’s Green Party has been plagued by unforced errors. Photograph: Sam Boal/

For most governments, the first weeks in office are a brief moment of respite from the normal rhythms of political battle. Ministers read themselves i(...)

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