Former tánaiste, foreign minister and Labour Party leader Dick Spring

UK-based drinks group Quintessential Brands, which last month acquired Dublin Whiskey Company in a €10 million investment, has appointed former tánais(...)

Former tánaiste and Labour leader Dick Spring predicted yesterday “that it’s going to get very ugly”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

From Civil War politics to open war politics – and it’s becoming more uncivil by the day. We moved into some very strange territory yesterday. There i(...)

‘It has been more than a month since the country voted in the general election but the pathway to government formation looks as uncertain as it did when the results first came in.’ File photograph: Aidan Crawley

It has been more than a month since the country voted in the general election but the pathway to government formation looks as uncertain as it did whe(...)

Fianna Fáil continues to insist it will not enter coalition with Fine Gael

The 32nd Dáil convenes today, an event that will see plenty of tradition, celebration and pomp but little in the way of power being passed on or retai(...)

As regards the question of making major appointments, when Mr Reynolds, as caretaker, in 1994, filled two casual vacancies in the Seanad and appointed an Irish consul in Pakistan.Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

One of the few things, which does seem relatively certain amidst the encircling gloom of uncertainty is that, come Thursday evening, we shall have a c(...)

Former Attorney General John Rodgers said today that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be required to formally resign  if he fails to win majority support in the Dáil this week. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

One of Ireland’s leading constitutional lawyers has said Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be required to formally resign as Taoiseach if he fails to win maj(...)

Pushing on: “Head down, slightly sidewards and gone like a hare. That was the ultimate Ultan.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Ultan Dillane turned 18 in November 2011, he begged his coaches at Tralee RFC for a game with their first team. The squad travelled to Waterford (...)

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(...)

Progressive Democrats leader Dessie O’Malley and Fianna Fáil leader Charles Haughey: the circumstances were much more toxic in 1989, when the likely government-making option settled on the Fianna Fáil-PD negotiations.

The racing certainty now is a hung Dáil and, flowing from that, the emergence of a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil coalition as the most stable and ideologicall(...)

Joan Burton during a visit to Shellybanks Educate Together National School in Ballsbridge, Dublin, while on the campaign trail. Photograph: PA

A government made up of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael would be “very conservative” and would not implement social change, such as changes to Ireland’s abo(...)