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Taoiseach Micheál Martin told Fianna Fáil’s parliamentary party meeting that the decision to send ministers to the service of reflection and hope was ‘in the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement’. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has told his party that the decision to send Government representatives to a religious ceremony marking the centenary of Nort(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.  Photograph: Alan Betson /

Fianna Fáil backbechers have sought changes to the income criteria for medical cards in the budget at a private meeting with Minister for Health Steph(...)

A special meeting of Fianna Fáil scheduled for September 1st will now be included as part of the party’s pre-Dáil think-in on September 9th

Minister of State Thomas Byrne has denied that delaying Fianna Fáil’s postmortem of its poor election results by a week is “kicking the can down the r(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said there are many benefits and opportunities inherent in the protocol for Northern Ireland.

New structures must be developed to underpin British-Irish relations after Brexit, the Taoiseach has said, with more work needed to ensure reconciliat(...)

Taoiseach  told the Dáil  on Wednesday that he would like to get back to Level 3 restrictions for December 1st. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Families should be given clarity over Covid-19 restrictions ahead of Christmas, while the risk of ongoing economic and social damage from lockdowns ne(...)

President Michael D Higgins described the Galway campaign as ‘a magnificent example of active citizenship at its very best’. Pictured at Bord Bia  Bloom Festival in Dublin’s Phoenix Park in 2019. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins has applauded the people of Galway City for their campaign to be Ireland’s first urban park, adding that it is (...)

Local authorities lack the resources to police the smoky coal ban effectively, says Fianna Fáil TD Brendan Smith. Photograph: iStock

To the naked eye, the two lumps of coal are indistinguishable. However, when subjected to laboratory analysis, significant differences emerge, despite(...)

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill: This is not the time “to gamble with people’s lives”.  Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Border TDs have called for the legislation imposing restrictions on movement to be amended to ensure they apply to everyone including day visitors fro(...)

Brendan Smith

A former minister and chairman of the Oireachtas foreign affairs committee in the last Dáil, Cavan- based TD Brendan Smith secured the seat he has he(...)

Elderly patients on both sides  are crossing the Border for the same healthcare and treatments. Photograph: iStock

Elderly patients from Northern Ireland are travelling south for the same orthopaedic and eye treatments under the same EU scheme that residents in the(...)

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