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(...)

Old habits: Micheál Martin of Fianna Fáil and Enda Kenny, the acting Taoiseach, have struggled to see eye to eye

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? The process of forming a government from the 32nd Dáil has been distinguished above all by its glacial pace. Even (...)

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

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael negotiating teams are set to commence formal talks later today with a view to agreeing the shape of a minority government th(...)

Fine Gael is hopeful of retaining the support of the Labour Party for Enda Kenny in any vote for taoiseach. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fine Gael is making progress in efforts to convince Independents and small parties to back a minority government on the basis of an agreed programme a(...)

Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghín Ó Caolaín, Eoin Ó Broin and Mary Lou McDonald: Sinn Féin favours the abolition of Irish Water and water charges. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire

Sinn Féin wants to establish an independent commission to examine the best way to deliver water services, but does not believe its outcome would be t(...)

Michael McGrath is one of four TDs on Fianna Fáil’s negotiating team. File photograph: Collins.

Fianna Fáil has selected a four-strong negotiating team to talk to other political parties and Independent TDs about government formation. A senior (...)

The 32nd Dáil is set for deadlock on the election of a new taoiseach on Thursday  when it meets for the first time. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The 32nd Dáil is set for deadlock on the election of a new taoiseach today when it meets for the first time but agreement is expected on a mechanism t(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton at the count at Phibblestown community centre during what has been a bruising election for the party. Photograph: PA

One public representative who did not have to face the electorate last Friday was President Michael D Higgins. He will have watched the election res(...)

Barry Cowen. Photograph: Sara Freund
Profile: Barry Cowen (FF)

Outgoing TD Barry Cowen has been re-elected in the first count at the new Offaly North Tipperary constituency. Cowen is the party’s spokesman on envi(...)

The Offaly side of the old constituency had two sitting TDs: Barry Cowen and Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy. It has meant a spare seat is on offer, with no incumbent.

The Offaly North Tipperary constituency threw up a few election surprises - but Fianna Fáil’s dominance was not among them. The former five-seat Laoi(...)