Fianna Fail has registered as a political party in Northern Ireland, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has revealed.
Mr Ahern said his party's NI registration was confirmed
Mr Ahern said NI's Electoral Commission had confirmed that the party was now officially registered there.
Speaking at a party dinner in Dublin, he said his party was consulting its grassroots on the possibility of organising in Northern Ireland.
He said it was a historic step in the development of the party on an all-Ireland basis.
Two newly-formed Northern Ireland branches of Fianna Fail, at Queen's University, Belfast and the University of Ulster, were also welcomed into the the party by Mr Ahern.