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Delegates in Killarney at the 75th Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

George Santayana’s famous line that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it is often quoted with approval by politicians (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Killarney convention will begin tonight with a short speech by Mr Martin and conclude with his leader’s address tomorrow at 8.30pm. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil is expecting up to 3,000 delegates at its ardfheis in Co Kerry, this weekend. The convention at the INEC(...)

Dara Calleary TD and Sean Dorgan announcing details of the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis, which takes place in Killarney this weekend. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Fianna Fáil has said it is “very disappointed” with the proportion of female candidates it is running in the local and European elections in May. (...)

Winner of Fianna Fáil’s selection convention for the Dublin Constituency in the forthcoming European Parliament Election Mary Fitzpatrick and  Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil has conceded it is “disappointed” with the proportion of female candidates it is running in the local and European elections in May(...)

The European Parliament: Given the size of Ireland’s three constituencies, with local loyalties inevitably influencing the vote in some cases, as well as the volatility of the electorate, predicting the outcome are hazardous. Photograph:  Reuters/Vincent Kessler

The selection at the weekend of Fianna Fáil’s two candidates for Midlands-North West in May’s European Parliament elections presents a clearer (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was addressing delegates at the party’s selection convention for the Ireland South European constituency

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told party members that Ireland needs the party “now more than ever”. Addressing delegates at the p(...)

MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher who will contest the Midlands North West constituency  for Fianna Fáil. Photograph: The Irish Times

Harry McGee Political Correspondent Bar the late entry into the field of an independent candidate with a national profile (and it w(...)

Barbara Nolan, head of the European Commission’s representation in Ireland, said it was actively supporting efforts to encourage more Irish women to become active in politics. Photograph: David Sleator.

Women for Election, a non-partisan group promoting gender equality in politics, brought i(...)

The main flaw to Labour’s proposal  to cut the property tax by up to 15 per cent is that the party  is unlikely to win the seats required in the local elections to put  itself in a position to do so.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

There is only one flaw with the Labour Party local elections manifesto plan to cut property tax by 15 per cent in councils where it is the dominant pa(...)

Brian Hayes: a Northsider who has carved out a constituency base on the Southside and whom party members will come out to work for. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

It has been a busy week on the candidate selection front for the forthcoming European election contest in Dublin. On Sunday Fianna Fáil selected Cllr (...)

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