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 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(...)

The Garda began rolling out the devices to front-line members earlier this year. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A new Garda mobile device designed to detect road traffic offences at the roadside cannot tell if a person is driving on a learners’ permit. The Gard(...)

Former minister for agriculture Barry Cowen: ‘I think there is the potential for me to see rectification of this issue’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fail’s Barry Cowen has said his party has “come through bigger events” than his sacking as minister for agriculture this week and suggested he (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: A significant minority now favour an alternative path, and with it, an alternative leader. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Political life goes through cycles, with times of heightened drama followed by periods that are taciturn and mundane. Over four months, the negotiati(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin arrives at Stormont Castle in Belfast on Thursday to meet Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

It was fortunate for Micheál Martin that on the morning after the sacking of Barry Cowen the General Court of the European Union made a decision in th(...)

The Taoiseach said the Government had been focused on the economic implications of Covid-19 and the preparations of a stimulus package for the economy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the Government has made a “very strong start” despite a series of political controversies in its first three weeks i(...)

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