Acting  Taoiseach Enda Kenny: judgment would ‘potentially’ have an impact in a limited number of cases. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said necessary action will be taken quickly to address issues raised by the High Court decision to declare unconstitut(...)

Micheál Martin at the Easter Rising commemoration at Arbour Hill. The challenges faced today are “nothing compared to the challenges faced and overcome by the heroes of 1916”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party could support a Fine Gael-Labour minority government. “We are prepared to facilitate a Fine Gae(...)

President Michael D Higgins: may have to “consider exercising his absolute discretion to steer a way forward for the 32nd Dáil”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins might be required to “consider exercising his absolute discretion to steer a way forward for the 32nd Dáil”, according to (...)

Calling for a grant scheme for homeowners in rural towns and villages, there were, John Brassil added, an “enormous number” of empty houses across all local authorities, with one in three houses vacant. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The National Asset Management Agency (Nama) was “set up to solve a problem, not to create another one”, the Dáil heard during a debate on housing and (...)

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin  said for progress to be made in talks Fine Gael had to ‘move away from the highly-controlling attitude which defined the last five years’.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has confirmed it will not propose party leader Micheál Martin as taoiseach or pursue a minority government. Donegal TD Charlie McConalogu(...)

Defeated Labour TD Anne Ferris: “Losing your seat is a blow to your self-confidence. I have now joined the ranks of the unemployed and I am hoping something will turn up.’’ Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Defeated Labour Wicklow TD Anne Ferris felt a deep sadness when she recently closed her constituency office in Bray. “We were still getting telephone(...)

 Independent TD Mattie McGrath:  “There has to be a written agreement on how a minority government will function.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Independent Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath has said he may oppose all nominations for taoiseach in Thursday’s Dáil vote if there is no deal for a minori(...)

Mattie McGrath: “What would be the point, for instance, in putting a government in power which could fall in a short time?’’

There is growing anger and confusion among the 15 Independent TDs whose support to form a government is being sought by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil abou(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: suggested a minute’s silence could be observed instead of the Dáil prayer and that a bell should be rung for a short break to cool things down when debates became too intense and heated. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The prayer said at the start of each day the Dáil sits is “anachronistic” and should go, according to Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit TD (...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he had invited Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to “have a conversation”. Photographs: The Irish Times

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has offered Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin a full and equal partnership in government. Mr Kenny met Mr Martin in Leins(...)