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 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. It is widely expected he  will offer to open negotiations on an extension to the arrangement underpinning the minority government, possibly for another year

At times Fianna Fáil TDs are left to judge the political direction of their party by the mood of their leader rather than by anything he says. On the(...)

Senator Paudie Coffey, pictured leaving the Four Courts on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins Courts

A Fine Gael TD will say he was “astonished” that fellow party member and Senator Paudie Coffey is suing for defamation over a newspaper article, a Hig(...)

There is no published data in Ireland on the prevalence of tattoos but a review in the medical journal The Lancet showed that up to 36 per cent of people under 40 had at least one tattoo.

The fashion among children and younger teenagers for tattoos and body piercings may be coming to an end with the introduction of a Bill to ban the pra(...)

Independent  TD Carol Nolan has called for a referendum on how the termination of pregnancy will be funded after abortion becomes legal in the State. Photograph:  Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Independent TD Carol Nolan has called for a second abortion referendum to test whether taxpayers want to fund terminations of pregnancy. Speaking dur(...)

Norah Casey  wondered why women who might want a symposium on such themes had not organised one themselves.

Well-known Catholic Irish women were not invited to speak at the World Meeting of Families women’s symposium by organiser Norah Casey because her “per(...)

Photographic Genius Award: Fianna Fail’s Waterford TD Mary Butler got 31 colleagues, mostly TDs, to pose together for a photograph on Merrion Square to signal support for the No campaign in the abortion referendum. Photograph: Fianna Fáil

Politician of the season Simon Harris won plaudits from all sides of the Yes campaign for his handling of the abortion referendum campaign. The Mini(...)

Athy businesswoman Marcella O’Reilly: says a doubling of her rates bill was “just a kick in the teeth”. Photo: Laura Hutton

Marcella O’Reilly was angry. The owner of a ladies’ clothing shop in Kildare, she opened her rates bill one day in early 2017 to find they had doubled(...)

Micheál Martin: he  argued strongly in favour of repeal. He met an immediate backlash within the parliamentary party and the wider grassroots. However, he got it right and they got it wrong

Micheál Martin issued a very clear message to the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party on Tuesday night to implement the decision of the people on the Eigh(...)

RTÉ received 1,277 complaints in relation to the controversial ‘Claire Byrne Live Referndum Special’ programme broadcast on May 14th last.

RTÉ received 1,277 complaints in relation to the controversial Claire Byrne Live Referndum Special programme broadcast on May 14th last. Approximate(...)

Former  minister for finance Michael Noonan who had not declared his position: “We’ll see what is in the Bill but my general disposition would be to support what is being proposed by the Government.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Many TDs who were previously opposed to the Government’s proposed legislation on abortion now say they will vote for it, a survey by The Irish Times h(...)

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