Labour parliamentary party chairman Willie Penrose: said voters had given a mandate to particular parties to form a government. Photograph: Alan Betson

Labour has definitively ruled out going back into government with Fine Gael. After a meeting in Leinster House, the parliamentary party yesterday r(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton’s leadership of the Labour Party was not discussed at the meeting. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Labour Party has decided not to go back into government despite a request from Fine Gael to do so. At a meeting of the parliamentary party in Lei(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton leaving Leinster House, Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste Joan Burton has warned Labour Party members to be ready for a second election as talks on the formation of government remain deadlocked over (...)

Enda Kenny wants to afford Labour time to reconsider its decision to go into opposition, while Micheál Martin’s FF will abstain only when it becomes clear that the acting Taoiseach has the required support

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on a framework for the operation of a minority government will resume today as pressure grows for a resolution(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Herb Street Cafe, Grand Canal, Dublin, ahead of the election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane said the possibility of the Labour party considering re-entering coalition was a “nightmare” government scenario that “wi(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Herb Street Cafe, Grand Canal, Dublin, ahead of the election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Labour Ministers and TDs will speak to their constituency members this weekend about a possible return to government with Fine Gael. Following inten(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with TDs Lisa Chambers, Dara Calleary, Charlie McConalogue, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony and Mary Butler at Leinster House. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

If the shenanigans of the past seven weeks are indicative of how the “new politics” is going to work then the country is heading for political instabi(...)

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes: “Divorce proceedings between Britain and the EU will be protracted, complex and very messy.”

Not enough is being done to prepare for the worst in the event of a No vote in the British referendum on EU membership, according to Dublin MEP Brian (...)

In the coming days Fine Gael will attempt to assemble the numbers to have Enda Kenny elected taoiseach at the fourth attempt next Wednesday, .Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Negotiating teams from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil held what were described as “constructive” talks on Friday afternoon. Both sides have agreed to mee(...)

 Acting Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has pulled out of the contest to form a minority government but differences over Irish Water could scupper the chances of a Fine Gael-led (...)