Paschal Donohoe and Simon Coveney of Fine Gael arrive for talks with Fianna Fáil on forming a government. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Water charges are getting too much attention in the Fine Gael- Fianna Fáil talks on forming a government, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said. (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  in Dublin. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party remains committed to assisting in the formation of a government. “In terms of what has been goi(...)

Minister for Health Leo  Varadkar’s department plans to raid €12 million of the €35 million reserved for mental health to offset costs in other areas. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin has called on Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to explain to the Dáil why money supposedly ring-fenced for mental health spending is being (...)

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(...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (62) was Sinn Féin’s health spokesman in the last Dáil. He served as Dáil leader until the election of Gerry Adams and an expande(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys at the Cavan-Monaghan count centre. She was the first TD elected in the constituency. Photograph: Aine McMahon.

Fianna Fáil’s newcomer Niamh Smyth has won the fourth and final seat in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency. Ms Smyth was elected on the 10th count with(...)

  Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  “We are moving away from an ambulance service that is just about transporting people to hospital, to one which ensures that they are given emergency treatment by paramedics, both in their homes and at the roadside.”   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It will never be possible to have an ambulance, a squad car and fire engine at every crossroads, village and town, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar h(...)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: “Rarely did we get the attention of our national broadcaster and national media generally, yet we     had severe flooding that impacted across all of Monaghan  and in Cavan.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Terms of reference for the body to oversee the river Shannon will be published next week, the Taoiseach has said. Introducing the Shannon River Basin(...)