New MEPs say goodbye to Dail politics; Billy Kelleher pays tribute to people of Cork North Central

New MEPs say goodbye to Dail politics; Billy Kelleher pays tribute to people of Cork North Central

Fianna Fáil's Billy Kelleher has thanked the people of Cork North Central and said it was nice to leave the Dáil "on your own terms”.

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Fianna Fáil targets an additional 10 seats in next general election

Fianna Fáil targets an additional 10 seats in next general election

Fianna Fáil has set targets to gain at least 10 seats in the next general election.

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Patient strategy could pay off and turnaround be complete

Fine Gael’s commitments are set in concrete, while Fianna Fáil has the tactical advantage of manoeuvrability, writes Gerard Howlin

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He has led Fianna Fáil for eight years, but will Micheál Martin ever lead the country?

He has led Fianna Fáil for eight years, but will Micheál Martin ever lead the country?

Micheal Martin has taken risks in rebuilding the party since the disastrous 2011 election — such as propping up Fine Gael in government and backing abortion — but if the gamble backfires, he will be the first leader of his party not to become Taoiseach, writes Elaine Loughlin

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Same-sex marriage referendum in NI could break political impasse – Fianna Fail

Party leader Michael Martin made his remarks at the annual Easter Rising commemoration at Arbour Hill in Dublin.

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'Life is for grasping the opportunity' - Former minister calls on more women to get involved in politics

Author and seasoned politician, Mary O'Rourke is calling on women around the country to get involved in politics.

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Billy Kelleher 'excited' to be added to Fianna Fáil ticket for European elections

Billy Kelleher has expressed his delighted at being added to the ticket by Fianna Fáil to contest the forthcoming European elections in the Ireland South Constituency.

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Billy Kelleher suffers shock loss in bid to become MEP candidate

Long-standing Cork TD Billy Kelleher has lost out by just eight votes in his bid to be selected as Fianna Fáil's Ireland South candidate in the imminent European elections today.

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McGrath cites 'family reasons' as he quits Fianna Fáil's Euro race

Former County Mayor Seamus McGrath has dramatically quit the race to become Fianna Fáil’s European Parliament candidate in Cork, clearing the path for Cork North Central TD Billy Kelleher to run for Europe.

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Criticism over date of Fianna Fáil convention in Longford

TDs are not happy with Fianna Fáil's plans to hold a European election selection convention for the North-West constituency in Longford on Friday, March 15.

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Local radio stations could receive €250,000 annual funding under scheme

Local radio stations could receive up to €250,000 a year in State funding under a multi-million euro support scheme.

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Micheál Martin defends decision to put ‘national interest’ above party

Delegates hungry for power are angry at the continued support which allows ‘inept’ FG to govern, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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Delegates back their leader but all eyes fixed on post-Brexit general election

Impatient, frustrated and eager for change, Fianna Fáil delegates — young and old — gathered at City West, Dublin, with one topic dominating discussion off stage: the date of the next general election.

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We must support Government through Brexit, insists Micheal Martin

The leader of Fianna Fail was addressing his party’s conference in Dublin.

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Micheál Martin lashes the Church for being unchristian after it denied communion to TD

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said it was unchristian for a priest to refuse communion to his Transport spokesman Robert Troy.

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'No chance' of party split says Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary

Fianna Fáil’s deputy leader Dara Calleary is adamant that the party is not in danger of a split.

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SDLP councillor will not contest re-election after Fianna Fáil partnership

Tim Attwood said he respected the outcome of the vote on the partnership with Fianna Fail and the will of his party’s members.

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Fianna Fáil wants to give €300 relief to those paying both property tax and maintenance

Fianna Fáil wants to give a €300 relief to apartment dwellers who pay both property tax and maintenance fees.

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Fianna Fáil and SDLP partnership - Make or break for both?

The partnership agreed between Fianna Fáil and the SDLP could either make or break both parties.

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Billy Kelleher: We should talk to SF and FG ‘to be in power’

Fianna Fáil MEP hopeful Billy Kelleher has said his party should be seeking to seize power and should be willing to talk to Sinn Féin and Fine Gael if necessary.

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Fianna Fáil announce partnership with SDLP in the North

A full merger between the two parties had been suggested but will not go ahead for now.

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Fianna Fáil preparing election policies on climate change including positions on carbon levies

Fianna Fáil are preparing election policies on climate change which include positions on carbon levies, afforestation and promoting electric car usage.

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Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin faces Dáil exodus to Europe

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is facing an exodus from the Dáil as two of his top TDs declared their desire to contest the upcoming European elections.

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Brian Crowley to break his silence on European Parliament absence

He will also “cover any and all topics” media wish to raise with him.

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Fianna Fáil reintroducing Bill to give National Anthem official recognition

Fianna Fáil is planning to reintroduce a Bill to the Seanad which aims to protect and give official recognition to the National Anthem.

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Fianna Fáil to run new candidate for MEP Brian Crowley's seat

Fianna Fáil is aiming to take the European Parliament seat currently held by MEP Brian Crowley in next summer’s election as part of a strategy to win two seats in Ireland South.

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MacSharry: More detail on President's spending should be provided in annual audit

Fianna Fáil TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee Marc MacSharry wants the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to have access to more details of spending by the President.

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John McGuinness: Confidence and Supply deal puts Fianna Fáil 'in a straitjacket'

Micheál Martin has “given the Government a blank cheque. He’s allowed the Government to dictate terms. There isn’t even a document," Fianna Fáil backbencher John McGuinness said.

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'Disquiet within the parliamentary party' - Fianna Fáil TD not happy with confidence and supply

John McGuinness says that during their time in power, Fine Gael have not served the people well.

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Fianna Fáil pushing to deny repeat offenders bail

Fianna Fáil is pushing ahead with proposals to deny bail to repeat offenders citing official figures which show a doubling in offences committed by people on bail over the last five years.

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Fianna Fáil calls for 7-days-a-week home care packages for elderly people

Fianna Fáil has demanded the Government introduces around-the-clock seven days a week home care packages for elderly people in need amid serious fears over their health and safety this winter.

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Micheál Martin slams Fine Gael's ‘juvenile behaviour’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin hit out at “juvenile” comments from Fine Gael ministers who he accused of angling for an early general election.

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Fianna Fáil propose Bill to ban tattoos and intimate piercings for under 18s

A ban on young people getting tattoos and body piercings is being proposed by Fianna Fáil.

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Micheál Martin sacks Eamon Ó Cuív after admission of full knowledge of election launch

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has sacked Galway West TD Eamon Ó Cuív from a senior frontbench post, after it had appeared he had decided to spare him.

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Éamon Ó Cuív sacked from Fianna Fáil front bench

"Deputy Ó Cuív’s continued membership of the Party’s Front Bench is no longer tenable."

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Martin sacks Senator Mark Daly over North election stunt

Kerry Senator Mark Daly has been sacked from his role as deputy leader in the Seanad by his party leader Micheal Martin.

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Fianna Fáil denies election choice in Northern Ireland

Fianna Fáil’s electoral plans for Northern Ireland are in disarray after senior politicians unveiled its first local council candidate, only for the party to later deny it was happening.

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Fianna Fail announces first candidate to stand in a Northern Ireland election

Sorcha McAnespy will run as a Fianna Fail candidate in next year’s local council elections.

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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to meet amid stand-off over length of talks

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are set to hold the first confidence and supply renewal talks on Thursday amid an ongoing stand-off between the parties over how long the negotiations will last.

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Micheál Martin: Confidence and Supply review must be substantive

Talks on underpinning the Government must be “substantive”, Micheal Micheál has said.

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Micheal Martin calls for sanctions on gardaí

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has called for sanctions to be imposed on high-ranking gardaí found to have been involved in repeated attacks on whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.

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Let people buy mortgages across EU, says Billy Kelleher

House hunters crippled by high interest rates should be able to shop around for mortgages in any country in Europe, according to Fianna Fáil.

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Willie O’Dea criticised for blocking social housing in Limerick

Fianna Fáil social protection spokesman Willie O’Dea tried to block the development of 43 social houses on a site near an upmarket area of Limerick City, it has emerged.

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There will be ‘cost to State’ if carers added to Constitution

Replacing the ‘women in the home’ provision in the Constitution with a broad reference to all carers could lead to a spate of compensation claims against the State, an Oireachtas committee has heard.

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Fianna Fáil reveals 10-point fodder crisis plan

Fianna Fáil has launched a 10-point emergency action plan to combat the fodder and income crisis facing farmers.

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Fianna Fáil’s drop in opinion poll ‘no concern’ for party leadership

The leadership in Fianna Fáil has said there is no concern despite the party falling further behind Fine Gael in a major opinion poll.

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Fianna Fáil sees support drop in latest poll

Fianna Fáil has dropped to its lowest support level in a year, according to a new poll.

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Micheál Martin: Varadkar falsely raised Brexit spectre

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused the Taoiseach of fabricating concerns about Brexit and instability while saying he believes there will be some fudge around an EU withdrawal agreement for Britain in November.

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Gallagher ‘not a proxy candidate’ for Fianna Fáil, says Micheál Martin

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has denied Seán Gallagher is a “proxy candidate” for the party, claiming the label is “ridiculous” — despite ongoing support from grassroots members.

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Rocky voyage lies ahead on what could be Fianna Fáil leader’s last hurrah

Micheál Martin’s next move could make or break him, writes Political Correspondent Juno McEnroe

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Fianna Fail leader dubs SDLP merger talks ‘a work in progress’

Micheal Martin has said his party would take Westminster seats if they won any north of the border.

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Latest: Need for a 'fundamental change in direction of housing' says Martin

Latest: Micheál Martin said there has to be a 'fundamental change in the direction of housing'.

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Micheál Martin: This is not the time for the Taoiseach’s games

With the country beset by crises in health and housing and by Brexit, it is reckless to question the confidence-and-supply deal and flirt with instability, says Micheál Martin

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Fianna Fáil plans to propose digital safety laws

Fianna Fáil says it will propose laws for a digital safety commissioner with powers to impose sanctions, in response to a minister advising that social media must be regulated.

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Micheál Martin wants to revive regional move

The plan to decentralise government departments should be revisited, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has suggested.

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President's proposal to ban gambling ads in sport not practical, says bookmakers

Bookmakers say a proposal by the President to ban gambling ads in sport is not practical.

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Hospital waiting list marks grim month for overcrowding crisis - Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil says a record high in outpatient waiting list marks a grim month for the overcrowding crisis in the country's hospitals.

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Dara Calleary appointed deputy leader of Fianna Fáil in frontbench reshuffle

Micheál Martin has announced a reshuffle of the Fianna Fáil frontbench including appointing Dara Calleary as deputy leader.

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Readers' blog: Gong for brass neck goes to Fianna Fáil

At this time of the year in the midst of the annual award-giving frenzy, the gong for brass neck must surely go to Micheál Martin and his pals in Fianna Fáil.

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Fianna Fáil warned against calling snap election

Fianna Fáil has been warned to beware the lesson of Theresa May by an independent political analyst who said calling a snap election could back-fire on the party.

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