Micheál Martin faces a challenging, medium term task to position Fianna Fáil  back among the middle ground voters.  It is they, after all, who will decide which party leads the next government, a position it covets.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The Dáil chamber on Wednesday heard howls of “collusion” from the Sinn Féin benches, directed towards Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Enda Kenny and Mich(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said there were many mechanisms to secure money from those who have not paid water charges,  including attachment orders. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fail believes it is “dangerous” and “risky” to refund the 950,000 people who have paid their water charges. Leader Micheál Martin told his par(...)

Leo Varadkar, Frances Fitzgerald, Pascal Donohoe and Simon Coveney leaving Trinity College Dublin: The emerging water deal will see a commission of experts established to examine issues such as alternative charging systems. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The next government faces a greater level of global economic uncertainty than at any time since the height of the financial crisis, the Department of(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. The party has indicated it is willing to consider the principle of charging for water at some stage in the future if water charges are suspended for a number of years.  File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the contentious issue of water charges may be finally in the offing, paving the way for a Fine Gael-led mi(...)

  Pat Deering: “It’ll be perceived, rightly or wrongly, as power at all costs and the re-election of Enda at all costs.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Suspending water charges could be seen as Fine Gael and Enda Kenny seeking to hold on to power “at all costs”, a party backbencher said last night. (...)

Fine Gael TDs Paschal Donohoe, Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Frances Fitzgerald arriving for talks on government formation at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil ended last night with no progress on how long a suspension of water charges should last, leaving the efforts t(...)

 Fianna Fail TD’s (L to R) Jim O’ Callaghan, Barry Cowen, Michael McGrath, Charlie McConalogue leave talks between Fianna Fail and  Fine Gael at Trinity College, Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are expected to resume on Monday, following a meeting on Saturday between party leaders Enda Kenny and Micheál(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  and Fine Gael Enda Kenny. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will this weekend try to break the political impasse over water charges which is pre(...)

 “I don’t believe any problem is insurmountable”: Jim O’Callaghan with Barry Cowen, Michael McGrath  and  Charlie McConalogue at Trinity College. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

A number of “fundamental” issues remain to be resolved between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael before agreement can be reached on the formation of a new go(...)

The Fine Gael negotiating team arriving in Trinity College – Simon Coveney, Leo Varadkar, Frances Fitzgerald and Pascal Donoghue. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin have spoken by telephone after negotiations between their parties adjourned without(...)