Fianna Fáil will allow the budget to pass by abstaining in Dáil votes, but it is objecting to two key measures: first-time buyers scheme and subsidised childcare plan. Photographs: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil forced the Government to accept a greater emphasis on public spending over and above what was contained in the deal struck with Fine Gael (...)

Senior party figures  said Michéal Martin would not agree to a partnership arrangement with Fine Gael and Independents –  described as “coalition by the back door”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is a party of “realists” and leader Michéal Martin will support a Fine Gael-led minority government if Enda Kenny secures the support of I(...)

Anne Ferris said “I don’t know if there will be others with me” in defying the Labour whip. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Labour TD is expected to vote against the Government and support a bill calling for abortion to be allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities(...)