Fine Gael TD  Kate O’Connell said many of her colleagues in Fine Gael were “allergic” to the issue of the 8th amendment and did not want to engage. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Fine Gael TD has strongly criticised Taoiseach Enda Kenny for increasing the number of Ministers of State, saying she was “deeply suspicious” of why(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: there are mixed views about what he should do with outspoken Carlow-Kilkenny TD John McGuinness. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is expected to promote a number of women TDs to his front bench to counter one of his party’s weaknesses in the last(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the Dail with Lisa Chambers, Dara Calleary, Charlie McConalogue, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony and Mary Butler. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was urged by his parliamentary party members yesterday to allow them abstain in next week’s vote for taoiseach. Mr (...)

Former Mayor of Kildare Fiona O’Loughlin

Fiona O’Loughlin (Fianna Fáil) is originally from Rathangan and now lives in Newbridge, Co Kildare. A former primary schoolteacher, she comes from a l(...)

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