Michael Martin

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A new opinion poll shows support for (from left) Enda Kenny’s Fine Gael, Michael Martin’s Fianna Fáil and Gerry Adams’s Sinn Féin is on the rise. Support for Independents, including Shane Ross’s Independent Alliance, has fallen sharply.

Support for Independents has fallen dramatically to just 8 per cent, according to the results of a Millward Brown opinion poll. The poll, which was(...)

Primary school teachers protesting outside Leinster House earlier this month over inequalities in teachers’ pay. Mr Martin said teachers’ unions had brought real issues to people’s attention. Photograph: SamBoal/Rollingnews.ie

Young teachers could lose more than €100,000 in pay differentials over 40 years, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told the Dáil. In particular,(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at the EU summit meeting on June 28th which concentrated on Brexit. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he has “no concerns” about the impact on Irish neutrality of EU-Nato co-operation as EU leaders backed “accelerated prac(...)

Putting on brave faces: Three Remain supporters at a referendum results party at a pub in north London. Photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

As governments reeled and financial markets plunged, there were smiles from both sides of the political tracks and on both sides of the Irish Sea. I(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is to be questioned by the Policing Authority. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Policing Authority will question the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan on the contents of the O’Higgins report when it meets next Thursday. Th(...)

Enda Kenny: his first coalition never recovered its sense of purpose, discipline, unity and forward momentum after the justice and policing controversies of early 2014. Anything similar would destroy this administration before it got off the ground. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

A spectre looms in the background as the Cabinet seeks to dampen down the latest controversy to arise out of the Garda. The fate of the previous mini(...)

Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan who said the Dáil was going to have to look at ways to find ‘new solutions’ to political problems.

If Fine Gael “get off the stage” with regard to the formation of the next government the country would be ungovernable, acting minister for foreign Af(...)

A standalone water utility now exists and will most likely continue to exist, but it might get a new name. File photograph: Getty Images

How are the government formation talks going? Not so well. Water is a big stumbling block, despite reports that Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his Fine Gae(...)

Now Martin has dramatically re-engaged northwards, using his Arbour Hill address last week to demand “direct engagement by both the Irish and British governments”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

In 2012, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin turned his Bodenstown address to the problems of Stormont and the failure of London and Dublin to address t(...)

Independent TDs Denis Naughten and Finian McGrath chatting with Fine Gael’s Michael Creed (centre) outside Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

For once the cliché is appropriate. We are in uncharted territory. The leaking has stopped. Well, not entirely, but enough to cause a massive cr(...)

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