If Fianna Fáil does not take a position, the public’s perception of the party will be shaped by what Micheál Martin himself does.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Just before the Fianna Fáil ardfheis passed a motion effectively calling for the Eighth Amendment to be retained, delegates were warned about finding (...)

His sporting week:  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Sport Ireland’s launch of   ‘Get Ireland Walking’ campaign. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

If an army marches on its stomach, then the Taoiseach’s key troops should be in fine fighting fettle come the next election. Leo is like Hyacinth Buc(...)

 Micheál Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A group of Fianna Fáil TDs, including members of Micheál Martin’s front bench, have said the party should be open to coalition with Sinn Féin. Their(...)

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald is likely to fight the next election as the party’s  leader if, as expected, Gerry Adams stands down in advance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Political parties are paying particular attention to four constituencies where the number of seats has changed for the next general election. The thr(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O’Loughlin highlighted her concerns about Child and Family Agency Tusla which she said was “not putting the child first”.

A nine-year-old child is to be removed from his “loving and caring” foster family and put into residential care, the Dáil has heard. Fianna Fáil TD F(...)

Above, Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton with Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government will move as quickly as possible to introduce legislation in response to the Supreme Court ruling on asylum seekers, Minister of State (...)

Senator Lynn Ruane called on Caranua CEO Mary Higgins to resign from her role, at the Oireachtas Education Committee. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The chief executive of Caranua, the independent statutory organisation charged with managing a fund to improve the lives of survivors of institutional(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald:  said significant progress had been made in resolving long-stay asylum cases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 400 people who have been granted asylum are still living in direct provision centres because they have been unable to find suitable or affor(...)

David Stanton: “this arrangement is not something to be thrown away blindly without care for its replacement, particularly as we have a housing crisis”

Ireland should do what the Government wants the US to do and implement a process to regularise the status of undocumented migrants. Sinn Féin spokesm(...)

Mr Ó hEaghra addresses the Joint Committee on Education and Skills. He called on the chair to ensure that the translation service would be made available in the future. Photograph: Screengrab/Oireachtas.ie

Oireachtas committee rooms should be equipped with translation facilities for the Irish language, Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin has said.(...)

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