Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the GAA all-Ireland under 21 football championship final between Cork and Mayo in Ennis, Co Clare: Fine Gael hopes he will be elected Taoiseach this week. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Independent TDs have warned that their agreement on a programme for government this week cannot be taken for granted ahead of a meeting with Fine Gael(...)

 Independent TD Ruth Coppinger: “The two parties are doing their best to minimise the [water charges] issue and bat it out of the way.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin rejected claims by Enda Kenny in the Dail yestreday afternoon that the acting Taoiseach had already invited him to t(...)

Independent TDs (left to right) Noel Grealish, Mattie McGrath, Denis Naughten, Michael Harty and Michael Collins have confirmed they will be abstaining from today’s Dáil vote for taoiseach. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Two blocks of independent TDs have confirmed they will be abstaining from the Dáil vote for taoiseach on Wednesday. The Independent Alliance and a gr(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny will meet Micheál Martin after the Dáil vote for taoiseach. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin are to meet today to begin negotiations on the formation of a government. Mr Kenny (...)

Fine Gael TDs Simon Harris, Leo Varadkar, Sean Kyne and Simon Coveney arrive for meetings with eleceted independents and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said Fine Gael will have to reach out to Fianna Fáil to form a stable government. The Minister said the pr(...)

Independent TDs  Noel Grealish, Denis Naughten, Mattie McGrath, Michael Harty, Michael Collins arrive for a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Opposition TDs will be given a much greater say in how the budget is framed through a strengthened system of Dáil committees, under plans proposed by (...)

Maura Healy-Rae has been co-opted to take the council seat of her father Danny (centre) and join her brother Johnny (left) on Kerry County Council. Photograph: Don MacMonagle.

The eldest daughter of Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae has been co-opted on to Kerry County Council to fill the seat he vacated when elected to the Dái(...)

Changes to the structure of Irish Water and some minor adjustments to the charging system could be considered by Fine Gael as part of negotiations on forming a new government, party sources have said. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Changes to the structure of Irish Water and some minor adjustments to the charging system could be considered by Fine Gael as part of negotiations on (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Friday meet members of the Independent Alliance (pictured) as talks  on forming a government continue. File photograph: The Irish Times.

The Independent Alliance said it had a “constructive” meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Friday and also intends to speak to Fianna Fáil leader Mich(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Fine Gael TDs on the plinth  at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has started a determined bid to wrest power from Fine Gael. His initial target is to get more support than Enda K(...)