Labour leader Joan Burton. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is unlikely to facilitate any Fine Gael-led minority government that includes the Labour Party as a full member, party sources have said. (...)

Independents at Government Buildings following talks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The talks between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael enter their third day today and, following sessions on how the mechanics of a minority government will wor(...)

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(...)

Acting taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) has formally asked Micheál Martin to participate in a ‘full partnership’ government along with Independent TDs.

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Fianna Fail decision not to enter government was a “serious mistake” and “driven by narrow interests rather than (...)

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 (...)

Fine Gael leader  Taoiseach Enda Kenny: his party, which proposed a graduate tax in its 2011 general election manifesto, is broadly supportive of a student loan scheme. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Politicians are quick to praise the role of higher education in Ireland. Our universities, they say, are creating jobs, raising living standards and g(...)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: “It’s painful but it’s not the end of the world. It’s about going back to basics”

Sinn Féin’s Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, after his defeat to Thomas Pringle in Donegal, learned two lessons from the axioms respectively attributed to the (...)

Charlie McConalogue, Fianna Fáil spokesman on education

Education spokesman for most of the last Dáil, Charlie McConalogue’s first Fianna Fáil frontbench position was as spokesman on children. In a decimate(...)