A primary criticism is that Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is disconnected from his own parliamentarians, says one Leinster TD.  File photograph: Alan Betson

Late on Tuesday evening, 10 or so Fianna Fáil TDs, mostly drawn from those elected to the Dáil for the first time last February, congregated in a corn(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley was responding to questions on the Government plan to reopen schools in the Seanad on Tuesday.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The threat of coronavirus outbreaks occurring in schools when they reopen has been “overstated,” Senator Rónán Mullen has told a Seanad debate on the (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaves the GPO in Dublin’s city centre following the annual 1916 Easter commemoration on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The potential cost of the promises made by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in their coalition framework document has caused concern in both of their parliam(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone was one of several high-profile and hard-working women politicians from across the political spectrum who lost their seats. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

A disappointing feature of the general election was that the number of women elected to the 33rd Dáil increased by just one. In all 36 women were elec(...)

Micheál Martin at the   count for  Cork South-Central. One long-serving TD said Martin was likely to know his position was under pressure. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

As a poor election got substantially worse for Fianna Fáil on the second day of counting, the mood within the party darkened. TDs emerged from count (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne: ‘Polls tend to get us wrong completely. They also tend to get Sinn Féin wrong.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It is well over a decade since polls came even close to predicting Fianna Fáil’s vote share or the number of seats it received in general elections, t(...)

Cathal Berry is contesting the newly-enlarged Kildare South constituency. Photograph: Michael Donnelly.

Dr Cathal Berry’s newly-opened campaign office in Newbridge has the air of a military command centre. In the middle of the room, a group are gathered(...)

Cathal Berry, former second in command of the Army Ranger Wing, photographed in Chad in 2008.

The former second in command of the Army Ranger Wing is to run in the forthcoming general election on a platform of improving conditions in the Defenc(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan highlighted figures released last week by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris that gardaí are responding to 30,000 domestic abuse calls every year.  Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Garda protective services units to provide professional and expert assistance to victims of domestic violence will be in place in every policing divis(...)

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton said it became apparent when drafting the legislation that in an effort to address one inequality it would create another inequality. Photograph: Collins

The Government has pledged to introduce fresh legislation that will give opposite sex couples the choice as to whether the man or woman avails of adop(...)

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