Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: his party should spell out in clear language the policy issues where it diverts radically from Fine Gael. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

In sport, they call the third quarter the “moving quarter”, during which the team with the momentum and strength behind it takes a firm grip on the ga(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin alleged that the Government has “cooked the books” and misled the opposition and the public about its health budgets(...)

‘The increase in female candidacy in Fine Gael between 2009 and 2014 is encouraging but with a membership consisting of over 40 per cent women (the highest of the four main political parties), it was in a better position than most to meet its own gender target.’ Above, election candidates Stephanie Regan, Sharon Tolan, John Clendennen and Garrett O’Dowd at the launch of the Fine Gael  local election campaign in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

On May 23rd, 2,040 candidates will contest the 2014 local elections, 1,599 (78.4 per cent) men and 441 (21.6 per cent) women. While men continue to si(...)

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