The government to be announced tomorrow will have a very different configuration than anything that has gone before.. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The government to be announced tomorrow will have a very different configuration than anything that has gone before. There have been shake-ups before (...)

Independent Alliance leader Shane Ross predicts tough negotiations while Finian McGrath has urged Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to order an inquiry into the Stardust disaster. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael has committed to increasing the subvention for people on group water schemes as part of its negotiations with Independents. Party negotiat(...)

The Fine Gael negotiating team leaving Trinity College last week after talks with Fianna Fail on forming a government concluded. From left: Simon Coveney, Leo Varadkar, Paschal Donohue and Frances Fitzgerald.Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Fine Gael has agreed to publish all deals made with Independent TDs in return for their support for the government. In the agreement made with Fianna(...)

Election 2016: Finian McGrath of The Independent Alliance arriving for talks with the Fine Gael negotiating team at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Negotiators from both sides reported good progress in talks between Fine Gael and Independent TDs on the formation of a new government yesterday where(...)

Fine Gael party members Frances Fitzgerald, Leo Varadkar, Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is favourite to be appointed tánaiste by Enda Kenny if a Fine Gael-led minority government is put in place. M(...)

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(...)

 Katherine Zappone TD has already voted to support Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael will this weekend attempt to lock down the support of an additional six to 10 Independent TDs in order to secure Enda Kenny’s re-election a(...)

Independent Alliance TD Michael Fitzmaurice: “Rural Ireland cannot be forgotten again.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Independent TDs have raised concerns about the effect the suspension of water charges will have on the thousands of householders on group water scheme(...)

Fine Gael TD Simon Coveney speaking to reporters after leaving talks on government formation. ‘A lot has been agreed. There was 30 items up for discussion, the vast majority of them have been agreed in terms of accommodation or compromise,’ he said. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fine Gael Ministers offered Fianna Fail a six to nine month suspension of water charges at a meeting on Monday. The negotiating team, which consists (...)

The two parties have agreed in principle to establish an independent commission to examine the future of Irish Water

Fine Gael is willing to offer Fianna Fáil a temporary suspension of water charges in a bid to end the political deadlock. Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny(...)