Party leader Micheál Martin speaking during the Fianna Fáil ardfheis in the RDS over the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Delegates passed a Dublin Rathdown motion calling on the party to publicly rule out going into government with Fine Gael after the next general elect(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin shakes hand with a delegate at the party’s ardfheis at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times.

Delegates at the Fianna Fáil ardfheis have called on the party to publicly rule out going into government with Fine Gael after the next general electi(...)

TK Whitaker: realised at an early stage that a reliance on tradition and “high-sounding cliches” would not serve this State’s maturation. Photograph: David Sleator / The Irish Times

How do you write the biography of the man many regard as Ireland’s greatest public servant without it being a gushing hagiography? With considerable d(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar orders a cost review  of the controversial policy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has cast further doubt on the Government’s plan to introduce universal health insurance (UHI) by ordering a major re(...)

Junior Minister for Education Ciaran Cannon:  “We should facilitate an assessment of their talent and their creativity in the environment they feel most comfortable”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Leaving Cert students should have the option of doing their exams on computer rather than being forced to do this week’s handwriting marathon, Minist(...)

Money, money, money: not even paying bills is free any more

1 Parking: While parking meters and traffic wardens have long been with us, free on-street parking was pretty common until those ugly yellow clamps(...)

The Government has been accused of  starving schools of resources, implementing cuts ‘by stealth’ and depriving this generation of “cutback kids” of an adequate education.

The government is starving schools of resources, implementing cuts “by stealth” and depriving this generation of “cutback kids” of an adequate educati(...)

Divide and conquer. It’s the oldest trick in the book, and you know why? A lot of the time it works. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has hinted at(...)

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