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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 (...)

Green Party’s Malcolm Noonan was the final TD elected in the  Carlow-Kilkenny constituency

The Green Party claimed their first seat in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency since 2011 on the final count in the Lyrath Hotel. The results saw Fine (...)

Fianna Fáil’s John McGuinness topped the poll in 2016. His public profile as well as a strong electoral base makes him the leader in the field once more. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Carlow-Kilkenny (five seats) Current: 2 FG, 2 FF, 1 SF At the last general election in 2016, Fianna Fáil came close to winning three seats out of fi(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. It is widely expected he  will offer to open negotiations on an extension to the arrangement underpinning the minority government, possibly for another year

At times Fianna Fáil TDs are left to judge the political direction of their party by the mood of their leader rather than by anything he says. On the(...)

The Green Party’s Catherine Martin made quiet history on Thursday by becoming the first woman TD to speak in the House of Commons

Over on the mainland (Europe), EU leaders are growing sick, sore and tired of the Brexit talks process. When will it all end? Martyn Selmayr, controve(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív wants to reopen Micheál Martin’s decision not to stand a presidential candidate against President Michael D Higgins at a s(...)

Former  minister for finance Michael Noonan who had not declared his position: “We’ll see what is in the Bill but my general disposition would be to support what is being proposed by the Government.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Many TDs who were previously opposed to the Government’s proposed legislation on abortion now say they will vote for it, a survey by The Irish Times h(...)

Micheál Martin at Dublin Castle for the referendum results on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The high level of support for repealing the Eighth Amendment across the country won’t impact on Fianna Fáil’s chances in the next general election des(...)

Micheál Martin: “There are people who are unhappy with the stance I’ve taken but there are a lot too who are happy with it.”

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has dismissed suggestions that his leadership of the party may be under threat because of his decision to come out i(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross: Fianna Fáil TDs Bobby Aylward, Kevin O’Keeffe and Margaret Murphy O’Mahony have criticised Fianna Fáil’s decision to support the passage of the drink-driving Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson

A number of Fianna Fáil TDs have criticised the party’s decision not to oppose controversial legislation to clamp down on drink drivers. The party is(...)

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