Chaired by former Labour Relations chair Kevin Duffy, the commission recommends normal water usage should be paid through general taxation, with a charge for ’wasteful’ usage. Photograph: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images

Fianna Fáil is to consider merging the property tax and water charges in a potential compromise. The Irish Times has learned party leader Micheál Mar(...)

If Fianna Fáil  makes gains across  capital, Micheál Martin could be on his way back to Government Buildings. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

The Fianna Fáil tribe gathered recently to say farewell to the matriarch of one of its most famous families. Ann Lenihan, wife of Brian snr and mot(...)

Senator David Norris on Budget 2017: “I think it is a complete and utter waste of time. It has been leaked for weeks.”

David Norris spoke for many on Tuesday afternoon after Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe performed the traditional reading of the budget leaks into t(...)

Senator Lynn Ruane: she said comments about people “walking across empty blister packs” were a red herring. “We walk across empty cans and bottles every day”

There was a sharp division in the Seanad when Minister for Health Simon Harris introduced legislation to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act for prescripti(...)

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Green Party candidate Grace O’Sullivan is expected to be elected to the Agriculture panel of the Seanad. The Waterford-based former Irish surfing cha(...)

Independent Senator Averil Power and Leo Varadkar: the Minister has endorsed Power  in the forthcoming TCD Seanad elections 2016. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Q - When is an independent not an independent? A - When he or she is a member of Fine Gael. Businessman and entrepreneur Seán Melly, who is runni(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. In 2011 Senators resisted his attempts to get long-standing Senators to stand down

The prospect of a minority government failing to control the new Seanad could influence Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to consider a coalition deal, source(...)

Fianna Fail general election candidate Lorraine Clifford-Lee said she was ‘shaking like a leaf’ after the incident.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A female Fianna Fáil candidate has claimed she was verbally assaulted by party members working for her running mate while out canvassing earlier this (...)

 FF leader Micheál Martin with Dublin Fingal candidate Lorraine Clifford-Lee. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil general election candidate Lorraine Clifford-Lee has claimed her party colleagues do “not get” the need to repeal the Eighth Amendment. M(...)

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin speaking at the party’s Ard Fheis, at Citywest, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Micheál Martin was somewhere between delighted and terrified. The half smile on his face, perhaps suppressing a full beam lest those watching at hom(...)

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