Josepha Madigan has been appointed a Minister of State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Fianna Fáil TD has accused Taoiseach Micheál Martin of insulting him and his community by passing him over for a junior ministerial post. (...)

New Fine Gael TD Jennifer Carroll MacNeill could be in line for a quick promotion. She has worked in different government departments as an adviser, is close to Leo Varadkar and is a strong media performer. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Groups of TDs gathered around Leinster House and the National Convention Centre for nervous conversations about their prospects, conscious that they a(...)

Leo  Varadkar may give junior portfolios to some who will lose their Cabinet position. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens will appoint 20 ministers of state, known as junior ministers, if the coalition deal is ratified by their partie(...)

A protester’s sign at the Dawn Meats plant at Grannagh, Co Waterford. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Fine Gael is coming under “intense” pressure from members of the party to resolve the beef price dispute amid claims that beef products will “disappea(...)

Peter Casey casts his vote at the polling station in Greencastle National School, Co Donegal,  in the  presidential election. Photograph: PA

Fianna Fáil representatives in Co Donegal have said they would welcome presidential runner-up Peter Casey as a party member, but not as a candidate fo(...)

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney: asked by Donegal Fianna Fáil TD Charlie about   the position regarding the situation facing farmers who were unable to empty slurry tanks in advance of the October 15th nitrates directive deadline. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Farmers must be treated fairly this winter and must not be penalised for taking “manure management” steps due to animal welfare concerns, the Irish Fa(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s spokesman had no comment on the actions of the four TDs, which came as the legislation passed its first Dáil reading by a margin of 138 to 24. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael has removed four rebel TDs from the party after they defied Taoiseach Enda Kenny to vote against the abortion legislation. Steps were also u(...)