Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.  Photograph Maxpix

A national coalition is on the way, even if TDs don’t quite see it that way yet

What is needed now is for politicians, particularly the leadership of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, to be big and imaginative enough to think outside the box. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

We could have the most constructive, representative and exciting Dáil ever

Current and former female members of the Oireachtas in Leinster House. Photograph: Houses of the Oireachtas collection

Ireland ranks among countries such as North Korea for proportion of women in politics

There are 166 seats in the current Dáil requiring 84 TDs to form a majority Government. There will be 158 seats in the 32nd Dáil elected in 2016, requiring 80 for an outright majority.  Photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times

The 2011 election was the most seismic in memory and it left a very changed political landscape for 2016

Charles Haughey greets Geraldine Kennedy at the 1983 Fianna Fáil ardfheis. She had earlier been advised that her security could not be guaranteed at the event. Photograph: Jack McManus

Haughey expended huge energy achieving power and then did not know what to do with it

Geraldine Kennedy and Colm Keena leaving the High Court on October 23rd, 2007, after losing the case brought by the Mahon tribunal. Photograph: David Sleator

The Ahern story had to be published; and there was a duty to protect sources

File picture of Ian Bailey  in Dublin from 2012. Mr Bailey has brought a civil action for unlawful arrest against the State over the Garda investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west Cork in December 1996. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bandon recordings ‘could expose State to damages of €2.5m over Ian Bailey case’

Attorney General  Máire Whelan instructed the Garda not to destroy tapes from stations around the country.

Callinan was seeking permission to destroy archive of recordings made in Garda stations

Bruce Arnold and Geraldine Kennedy, the journalists named in the telephone tapping affair, reading Government statements at a press conference in 1983. Photograph: The Irish Times

State papers from 1983 include none from the Department of Justice

Dr Eamonn Moloney, consultant psychiatrist, Cork University Hospital; Prof Veronica O’Keane, consultant psychiatrist, Tallaght Hospital and TCD; and Dr Yolande Ferguson, consultant psychiatrist, Tallaght Hospital, attending Monday’s hearing of the Oireachtas health committee.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Opinion: Government must provide unambiguous answer to question raised by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

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