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 Ahern’s standing within Fianna Fáil – he resigned his membership in 2012 in advance of a move to expel him because of the findings of the Mahon Tribunal – remains a pebble in his shoe.   Photograph: David Sleator

Bertie Ahern’s haunts are mostly still the same: Croke Park, Parnell Park – the home of Dublin GAA – and some pubs around the north side of Dublin whe(...)

Broombridge, Cabra: Henry O’Brien, Dolores Ferris and John Coffey. Ferris says she has has witnessed “huge” changes to traffic levels  but is readying herself for a seismic shift. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Cabra residents wake up next Monday morning, many will be afraid to peer out their windows. The nightmare in this Dublin suburb is that their rel(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s strategy is to assemble a minority administration with a patchwork quilt of Labour, the Social Democrats, the Greens and others. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The next general election, whenever it happens, will for the first time in a decade once more be a stand-up fight between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister of state Conor Lenihan has confirmed he is talking to the party about running in the Dublin constituency in the next European elections. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times.

Former Fianna Fáil minister of state Conor Lenihan has said he is talking to the party about running in the Dublin constituency in the next European e(...)

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, back in 2008, surrounded by Cabinet colleagues, announcing his resignation. Photograph: Frank Miller

Far from casting the Fianna Fáil door wide open to welcome Bertie Ahern back after years of wandering, Micheál Martin’s strong statement on Thursday (...)

Bertie Ahern: said he would consider rejoining the party but insisted he would not run for election again

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he will consider rejoining Fianna Fáil as an “ordinary member” if his local organisation wishes him to do so. (...)

Bertie Ahern: perhaps he misses the political limelight and public adoration. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

Brian Cowen has been known to tell people that he subscribes to the Liam Cosgrave code of etiquette for former taoisigh: when you’re out, you lay low(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald celebrates  winnining her seat in Dublin Central. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Against all expectations based on the tallies, Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan survived the 11th count in Dublin Central to retain her seat. She jo(...)

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