Jim O Callaghan

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Micheál Martin at the   count for  Cork South-Central. One long-serving TD said Martin was likely to know his position was under pressure. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

As a poor election got substantially worse for Fianna Fáil on the second day of counting, the mood within the party darkened. TDs emerged from count (...)

Jim O Callaghan: he is likely to be on any negotiating team that may be established for government talks.  Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Often spoken of as a future Fianna Fail leader, Jim O’Callaghan (52) retained his Dáil seat in a highly competitive constituency after first being ele(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin outside a Cork  count centre. Photograph:  Reuters/Henry Nicholls

Fianna Fáil may still be the largest party in the next Dáil, be in a position to lead a government and elect Micheál Martin as taoiseach, but it did n(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, said Jim  O’Callaghan, who is a barrister, could have recused himself from representing former Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Barristers cannot discriminate against anyone on the basis of their politics, the Bar Council has said in response to a controversy about the Fianna F(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald: claimed the establishment was counting on young, working-class and lower-income people staying at home and not voting on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Mary Lou McDonald has said Sinn Féin’s decision to seek a review of the Special Criminal Court was made in 2017 following “party discussions”. The Si(...)

Stephen and Breege Quinn at the graveside of their murdered son Paul Quinn in Cullyhanna, Co Armagh. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Sinn Féin is under renewed pressure over the murder of Paul Quinn after his mother told party leader Mary Lou McDonald she wants a further statement f(...)

There is an apocryphal quote that is often attributed to the late US president Lyndon Johnson about the vagaries of elections. After losing a parti(...)

Politicians on the steps of St Paul’s Church on West Street in Drogheda during a protest march over drug-related violence in the town. Photograph: PA

Some 4,000 people walked from Drogheda’s Peace Bridge to the centre of the town on Saturday, accompanied by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and several par(...)

Gardaí are pictured searching an area around a house in Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth last week following  the death of Keane Mulready-Woods as part of a local gang feud. A march against criminal activity in Co Louth is taking place in Drogheda on Saturday.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

A march against criminal activity in Co Louth is taking place in Drogheda on Saturday. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he will attend the march as ha(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan speaking to media in Drogheda on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he has spoken with gardaí in Drogheda to offer assistance such as CCTV monitoring and additional resources in light of(...)

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