Micheal Martin

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‘We have to accept the harsh reality of this very moment,’ Micheál Martin told delegates at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

But enough of the past. Stuffed on a massive feed of Seán Lemass, Éamon de Valera and the founding fathers of Fianna Fáil, the contented delegates sa(...)

Party leader  Micheál Martin told the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis he wanted the Government gone but delegates had to face the ‘harsh reality of this very moment’. Photograph: James Forde for The Irish Times

Micheál Martin made a strong defence of the extension of the confidence-and-supply agreement the dominant theme of his leader’s speech to the Fianna F(...)

 Micheál Martin:  “When you strip it all back . . .  he has made the right call on all the big issues and he has excelled in all the elections,” said one frontbencher. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

“What the f**k is Daly at?” asked a Fine Gael TD as he observed his colleague, junior minister Jim Daly, in full flow on Wednesday evening. During the(...)

 Micheál Martin outside Leinster House on Friday. The Fianna Fáil leader believes an election will be held early next year.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Money raised from increases in carbon tax should be reinvested in grants for retrofitting homes, incentives for electric cars and other measures, Fian(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has a strong hand to play in justifying support for Government as the threat of a no-deal Brexit develops. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will go to the party’s ardfheis in Dublin today in the expectation of receiving solid support for his leadership and(...)

Leo Varadkar: “I wonder, if Fianna Fáil was 5-10% ahead in the polls for the last year, would they be quite so willing to facilitate us?” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The US Congress will not support any post Brexit trade deal with the UK that undermines the open border on the island of Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadk(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher:  still expected to contest for the European Parliament nomination. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TDs have expressed surprise at comments made by party leader Micheál Martin which are being seen as an effort to stop high-profile deputy (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris wore his usual pale and pinched worried expression. Photograph: James Forde

Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris settled into their front bench seats as TDs trickled into the chamber for the big debate. Sinn Féin had moved a motion(...)

What’s the big deal about it anyway? That’s the impression Leo gives every time questions about the national children’s hospital come up. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Won’t be long now before Bob comes to the rescue, freeing Leo from the daily drudge of the same questions about the national children’s hospital from (...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martion to An Taoiseach Leo Varadakr that  ‘people are quite frankly fed up of yarns, fed up of spin’ Photographs: Gareth Chaney/ Collins and Nick Bradshaw

The senior civil servant appointed to the development board of the national children’s hospital was satisfied the cost issues for its construction wer(...)

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