Ruth Coppinger: Tax breaks for house building will come with a “social cost”. Photograph: Alan Betson

A “help to buy scheme”, in which the State takes a 20 per cent stake in a new home, should be introduced to help home buyers, an Oireachtas committee(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl (top, centre) at the first sitting of the 32nd Dáil on March 10th. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl was elected as Ceann Comhairle yesterday, becoming the first chair to be chosen by secret ballot. Mr Ó Fearghaíl cont(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl: said to be the favourite for the position of ceann comhairle, which will be decided by secret ballot today. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Fine Gael Ministers are said to be actively encouraging members to support Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl for the position of ceann comhairle. It i(...)

 Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan: said she would seek support from across the party political spectrum. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Five TDs are seeking the office of ceann comhairle, with Fianna Fáil candidate Seán Ó Fearghaíl and Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan favourites to t(...)

‘The Taoiseach and Micheál Martin were both busy yesterday boiling kettles and cutting sandwiches and preparing to meet Independent TDs.’

There was dangerously crowded airspace around Leinster House yesterday. Even the seagulls were afraid to approach for fear of all the flying hats. G(...)

Sinn Féin candidate Kathleen Funchion in the groove with partner Eddie Wall during Strictly Let’s Dance Callan, which was held at the same time as the count for the Carlow/Kilkenny election seats. Funchion went on to take a Dáil seat but not the dance title. Photograph: Pat Moore

Some of the crowd at the count in Carlow-Kilkenny thought Sinn Féin’s Kathleen Funchion was being a bit presumptuous when she sashayed into the Cillin(...)

Bernard Durkan (70) of Fine Gael was first elected to represent Kildare in the Dáil in 1981 and, while he lost his seat in the election of February 19(...)

“It’s time for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to stop the pettiness and come together to form a Government,” said Labour’s Alan Kelly. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

As thoughts turn towards the creation of a possible grand coalition between former Civil War enemies, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, a number party member(...)

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald: “Once again, the Labour Party is throwing around election promises like confetti at a wake,’’ she said. “Does the Tánaiste really believe that people have short memories?’’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald thought she saw a wake in the dying days of the 31st Dáil. And she blamed Tánaiste Joan Burton. It was very(...)

Sligo-Leitrim TD John Perry failed to be selected at the constituency convention but was later added to the ticket in the wake of his litigation, which cost the party an estimated €500,000 in legal charges. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

Fine Gael needs “a lot more transparency in the operation of the party”, its Ardfheis has been told in a debate on reviewing selection convention poli(...)