Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Herb Street Cafe, Grand Canal, Dublin, ahead of the election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane said the possibility of the Labour party considering re-entering coalition was a “nightmare” government scenario that “wi(...)

Sinn Féin, which secured 23 seats in the election, looks set to propose Gerry Adams for taoiseach next week

Sinn Féin has defended its lack of participation in the discussions on the formation of the next government. The party said it made attempts to form(...)

 Gerry Adams: “We will abide by the mandate we are given.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has confirmed he will be his party’s nomination for the position of taoiseach when the Dáil reconvenes tomorrow. Mr Ada(...)

Sinn Féin’s Donnchadh O’Laoghaire with party leader Gerry Adams shortly before the election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Newly elected Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh O Laoghaire has expressed concern at the prospect of a Fine Gael-Fianna Fail coalition, saying it would do nothin(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and fellow Co Louth candidate Imelda Munster celebrate in Dundalk. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Sinn Féin had a good election, not a spectacular one, and as always, the party’s support in opinion polls was somewhat overstated. Past electoral di(...)

Labour’s Ciara Conway, Independent John Halligan, and John Deasy and Paudie Coffey of Fine Gael.

Fine Gael Minister of State Paudie Coffey and Labour backbencher Ciara Conway were the big losers in Waterford, where a resurgent Fianna Fáil topped t(...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD during a launch of a new billboard. File  photograph: Collins

Sinn Féin is certain to have a good election and will build on its current tally of 14 TDs. The 12 deputies who are contesting again (with Cork’s San(...)

Labour’s Joanna Tuffy: I am relatively happy . . . I feel momentum going towards us. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Private polling research by the Labour Party has given it hope that it could capitalise on concerns of a large block of non-Coalition supporters that(...)

Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout called for the weekly direct provision payment for children to be increased. File photograph: Dara Mac Domhnaill

Ireland could face sanctions when it appears before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in January over its failure to increase the weekly pay(...)

Senator Jillian van Turnhout: “Who would entertain the idea of an education programme about the dangers of smoking being designed and delivered by an organisation that is funded by tobacco companies?” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

People who buy alcohol in off-licences and drink it within safe levels will pay just 30 cents more a week under legislation to impose a minimum price(...)