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 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. It is widely expected he  will offer to open negotiations on an extension to the arrangement underpinning the minority government, possibly for another year

At times Fianna Fáil TDs are left to judge the political direction of their party by the mood of their leader rather than by anything he says. On the(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he felt obliged to pass similar legislation to what was presented to the people before the referendum, and those provisions contained the penalties and criminal sanctions. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Attempts to fully decriminalise abortion as part of new legislation have failed following a debate in the Dáil. A number of TDs called on Minister fo(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: said the Government had done much work in relation to insurance fraud.  File Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

There has never been a prosecution in Ireland of anyone whose insurance claim has been proven in court cases as fraudulent, it has been claimed. Fian(...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan is among those with concerns about renewing the confidence-and-supply deal. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Senior Fianna Fáil TDs have begun to air serious concerns about renewing the confidence-and-supply deal that underpins the Fine Gael-led minority Gove(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has stuck to his position that any talks on a successor to the confidence-and-supply deal must wait until after the budget. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Micheál Martin insists he won’t talk about it until after the October 9th budget, but it is likely to be the main topic of conversation among his TDs (...)

Helen McEntee, Eamon Mallie, Noel Murphy, Leo Varadkar, Katherine Zappone and Declan McGrath pose in front of Murphy’s portrait of all the women members of the Oireachtas.

Straight after Taoiseach’s Questions on Tuesday, Leo Varadkar rushed from the Dáil chamber and down the main staircase for a photocall in front of one(...)

Kathleen Lynch will contest  Cork North Central for the Labour Party in the next general election.

Former Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch intends running for the Labour Party in Cork North Central in the next general ele(...)

Micheál Martin at Dublin Castle for the referendum results on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The high level of support for repealing the Eighth Amendment across the country won’t impact on Fianna Fáil’s chances in the next general election des(...)

Turnout in both Cork North Central and Cork South Central topped the 60 per cent mark. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cork city and suburbs have followed the national pattern – with people voting almost two to one to repeal the Eight Amendment. The result is a dramat(...)

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin and his wife Mary voting in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment in Cork. Photograph: Handout/PA Wire

Most Fianna Fáil TDs will respect the vote in the referendum and not try to frustrate legislation on abortion going through the Dáil, party leader Mic(...)

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