What the country needs is an effective, stable government, capable of dealing with vested interests and building on the economic recovery that is unde(...)

Part of the Cruise Park development. Photograph: Google Street

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has described as inappropriate and unfair, the issuing of notices to 60 families in West Dublin to quit their r(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was approached by TDs seeking reassurance he is not contemplating coalition with Fine Gael, and he was said to be resolute in his determination he would not do so. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Usually when one force surrounds another and hopes to flush it out, an element of the siege involves throwing deeply unpleasant items over the enemy’s(...)

  Alan Dukes: In 1989, polls showed him  as the most respected party leader. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In the aftermath of the general election, we are being told how the Dáil could work more effectively with the government being obliged to listen to al(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar (left) has strongly backed the leadership of Taoiseach Enda Kenny (right) despite accepting that Fine Gael was resoundingly defeated in the general election. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has strongly backed the leadership of Taoiseach Enda Kenny despite accepting that Fine Gael was resoundingly defeated(...)

There would be strong resistance from within Fianna Fáil to supporting a minority Fine Gael government from the opposition benches, party sources have(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Nioclás Ó Conchúbhair: ‘The word I am hearing is that we did better than expected, and why would we blow that now?’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

There are few in Connemara who can define realpolitik better than former Fianna Fáil senator Nioclás Ó Conchúbhair. Ó Conchúbhair was appointed to (...)

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

It is not as difficult as they all seem to think to get a stable and workmanlike government based on the results of the general election. They just ne(...)

Tony Gregory’s deal with former taoiseach Charles Haughey was read into the Dáil record to some shock in 1982.

One healthy feature of Irish democracy is that election outcomes are not always predictable and can push parties and others outside their normal comfo(...)

Independent Senator Averil Power at the Dublin Bay North recount in the RDS yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

For one horrifying moment, it looked like the recounts had been abandoned in favour of a total rerun. It was late afternoon in the RDS and a smiling (...)