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Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath  and Public Expenditure and Reform spokesman Barry Cowen criticised the budget announced on Tuesday. File photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Government has failed to get to grips with the housing crisis and the budgetary process on health was “chaotic”, according to Fianna Fáil finance (...)

 Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: his meetings with his ministerial colleagues on the budget in recent weeks have been relatively straightforward. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

With most spending plans for next year squared off with his Cabinet colleagues in recent weeks, the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will hold a s(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Increases in carbon tax and changes to the special VAT rate for the hospitality sector are being considered for the October budget, Fianna Fáil leader(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Inis Meáin, Aran Islands: ‘I’m not proposing to go to the Phoenix Park next week or the week after and have an election before the budget, not at all.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he does not intend to call an election despite Fianna Fáil’s rejection of his request for early negotiations on an ext(...)

When the huge poster was unveiled on Tuesday, Sinn Féin’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin posed happily beside it.  Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

While Sinn Féin may be dithering over whether or not to move a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Housing, the selfie-loving minister has no (...)

Deputy Niall Collins has said the past few weeks had been a difficult period for Fianna Fail. File photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins has supported calls for a whip to be imposed on his party to ensure they support legislation to implement the decision of(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Given his experience and work rate, he remains the best leader available to the party. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Micheál Martin’s leadership is the elephant in the Fianna Fáil room. That is not to say it is under immediate threat, nor that there is anybody else (...)

Sinn Féin TDs Pearse Doherty and Louise O’Reilly with deputy leader Michelle O’Neill and party leader Mary Lou McDonald at the launch of the party’s Repeal the Eighth campaign. Photograph:Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Sinn Féin will seek to harmonise abortion laws across the country if the Eighth Amendment is removed from the Constitution. Abortion is banned in alm(...)

Delegates protest to Minister for Education Richard Bruton for equal pay at the Teachers’ Union of Ireland congress in Wexford on Wednesday. Photograph: Tommy Clancy

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is facing pressure from within Government and from Fianna Fáil, whose support is needed to pass the budget, to en(...)

If Fianna Fáil want to take away stability, it is very hard to see how we avoid a general election, the chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party Martin Heydon said.

It will be very difficult for Fine Gael to continue in Government if there is no successor to the confidence and supply deal with Fianna Fáil after th(...)

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