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Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil

Previously the largest political party in Ireland, and currently the third largest in the Oireachtas. The party has spent most of its existence in power, and was in government between 1997 and 2011.

# fianna-fail - Monday 28 July, 2014

Ivor Callely sentenced to five months in prison

The ex-Senator pleaded guilty to making a false expenses claims.

Willie O’Dea: What Ivor Callely did was wrong and the man has to take his punishment

A former Fianna Fáil colleague of jailed Ivor Callely has been speaking today.

The Callely Controversies: From Fianna Fáil favourite to five months in prison

The former Fianna Fáil minister has been jailed for five months. But why has he proved such a controversial figure over the years?

# fianna-fail - Sunday 27 July, 2014

Poll: Should Irish politicians come back to debate the Israel-Gaza crisis? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Irish politicians come back to debate the Israel-Gaza crisis?

They’re officially off for the summer but there have been calls for both the Dáil and the Seanad to hold debates on the topic.

# fianna-fail - Saturday 26 July, 2014

Here are 9 things we learned from the Electric Picnic of politics

Where do politicos, academics and Oireachtas nerds spend their summer holidays? In Glenties of course…

# fianna-fail - Friday 25 July, 2014

Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil want to call TDs back from their holidays to talk about Gaza

Gerry Adams has written to Enda Kenny asking for the Dáil to be recalled.

# fianna-fail - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Runners and riders update: Here’s who’s vying to take Brian Hayes’ vacant Dáil seat Dsw

Runners and riders update: Here’s who’s vying to take Brian Hayes’ vacant Dáil seat

FF and FG have named their candidates, while there’s only one name on Labour’s list… Here’s how it’s shaping up in the battle for Dublin South West.

Mary Coughlan: A lot of people would like me to go back into politics – but I’m not sure

Coughlan also admitted this morning that a lot of people thought she was out of her depth as Tánaiste.

# fianna-fail - Tuesday 22 July, 2014

Government needs to articulate Ireland’s “outrage” to Israeli ambassador— Martin

Micheál Martin, who served as Foreign Affairs Minsiter from 2008 to 2011, says the Israeli action is “completely disproportionate”.

No decision yet: Sentencing of former minister Ivor Callely delayed

The ex-Senator has already pleaded guilty to making a false expenses claims.

# fianna-fail - Thursday 17 July, 2014

A senator wants something done about ‘raucous seagulls stealing children’s lollipops’

“It seems the seagulls have lost the run of themselves completely,” Ned O’Sullivan said in the Seanad today.

# fianna-fail - Friday 11 July, 2014

‘How often does the Labour Party roll over?’ – FF say water and property taxes are now Labour’s problem

Micheal Martin says the new Tánaiste’s negotiations went badly.

# fianna-fail - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

Brooks the talk of Leinster House: GAA, Aiken & Council to be grilled over concert fiasco

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach says the Government would be criticised for overruling residents and the Council if it introduced emergency legislation…

# fianna-fail - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

‘No questions about it, the Free Travel pass is safe’

However, a review is taking place, something which Joan Burton makes “no apology” about it.

Taoiseach: Garth Brooks cancellation a shock to the economy and our reputation

Enda Kenny claimed that the gigs could have been worth “a quarter of billion” to Dublin’s economy.

Willie O’Dea tried to make hay while the sun shone… And the thunder rolled

All the ministers were meeting behind closed doors — a perfect time, thought Fianna Fáil, to schedule a press op.

# fianna-fail - Thursday 3 July, 2014

Which political parties received the biggest donations last year?

Note: Labour and Fianna Fáil aren’t in the running.

# fianna-fail - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

Taoiseach accused of ‘insulting’ morbidly obese people

Kenny faced questions from the opposition benches over a decision to suspend gastric band operations at a hospital.

‘Good cop/bad cop’ claims lead to call for banking inquiry to ‘remove cloak of secrecy’

Claims and counter-claims have led to a split among members of the inquiry and a call for the investigation into the banking collapse to move into public session.

# fianna-fail - Sunday 29 June, 2014

‘I hope he survives’: Senator Crown doesn’t think Reilly has been given the chance he needs in health HSE

‘I hope he survives’: Senator Crown doesn’t think Reilly has been given the chance he needs in health

Earlier this week Reilly said the health budget had run over by €158 million.

# fianna-fail - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

The Brian Crowley debacle is yet another blow to Micheál Martin’s authority

Analysis: Defiance of the party leader is now a common occurrence in Fianna Fáil and it’s not good in the long run for the former Cabinet minister.

# fianna-fail - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Dáil hears lack of Garda cooperation stalled murder investigation complaint

Pádraig Mac Loclainn said that GSOC had to delay investigating a complaint made by the family of Seamus Doherty due to a lack of cooperation from gardaí in Donegal.

What a way to go: Fianna Fáil agrees that Brian Crowley expelled himself

The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party met today to discuss Crowley’s “bewildering” actions.

Poll: Should Fianna Fáil kick Brian Crowley out of the party? Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Fianna Fáil kick Brian Crowley out of the party?

Does Micheál Martin have to give his party’s only MEP the boot?

# fianna-fail - Monday 23 June, 2014

‘Unacceptable’: Fianna Fáil is NOT happy with Crowley’s move to Eurosceptic group

The party has said that many ECR policies “directly contradict core principles of the Fianna Fáil organisation”.

Fianna Fáil says Brian Cowley’s move to Eurosceptic group is ‘unacceptable’

Brian Crowley has switched to the European Conservatives and Reformists, a grouping that includes many right-wing parties including the British Conservatives.

# fianna-fail - Sunday 22 June, 2014

TD says sending children to adult psychiatric units is ‘inhumane’

A new report has found that 83 children were put into adult psychiatric units last year, despite guidelines forbidding this practice.

# fianna-fail - Saturday 21 June, 2014

Ó Cuív defends asking for a man convicted of manslaughter to be moved to an open prison

The man he made representations on behalf of was a drug dealer who killed an associate and stored the body in a freezer.

# fianna-fail - Friday 20 June, 2014

Niall Collins admits that asking a judge not to jail a drug dealer was ‘a mistake’

Meanwhile, his party leader Micheál Martin says that the Limerick TD’s position IS tenable.

Opinion: Losing the election hit so hard I thought I might never recover

When I heard the vote count, I felt like I’d been thrown off a moving train, whipped, dragged and tortured.

How Niall Collins did nothing wrong, but did himself no favours

Analysis: Niall Collins should not have got involved in the case of a man convicted of serious drug offences – for his own sake.

# fianna-fail - Thursday 19 June, 2014

Micheál Martin: TDs shouldn’t involve themselves in criminal proceedings

The Fianna Fáil leader has been reacting to the controversy surrounding his justice spokesperson today.

Warning over legal challenges as banking inquiry’s public sessions not expected until 2015

The first meeting of the joint Oireachtas committee set up to examine the banking crisis lasted some four hours at Leinster House today.

Niall Collins sent letter to judge to inform him of the suicide of children’s mother

The mother of a convicted man’s four children died earlier this year.

Nomadic beasts, hackneyed clichés and mild-mannered TDs: A not very productive day’s work in the Dáil

Nobody particularly covered themselves in glory during Leaders’ Questions today….

Fianna Fáil won’t comment on one of its TDs asking a judge not to jail a drug dealer

The party’s justice spokesperson Niall Collins is in the spotlight this morning.

# fianna-fail - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

FF: Your position on medical cards is incoherent … Taoiseach: No it isn’t

There are concerns that thousands of people who didn’t respond to the HSE will now be left without a medical card.

# fianna-fail - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

Kenny says banking inquiry will be free of government interference – TDs burst into laughter Not Being Funny This post contains videos

Kenny says banking inquiry will be free of government interference – TDs burst into laughter

After a week when the government was accused of dictating the membership of the inquiry Enda Kenny’s remarks prompted laughter in the Dáil today.

# fianna-fail - Sunday 15 June, 2014

State ‘robbing adoptees of their identities’ by denying access to birth certs

Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power, who was adopted from a mother-and-baby home, has called for access rights to be given,

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