The Fine Gael-Labour cabinet meets shortly after the 2011 election: “In 2011, the formation of a new government was urgent and crisis-driven . . . But the current, unprecedented delay in forming a government is due not just to the absence of a crisis.” Photograph: Maxwells

Within a week, five years ago, Labour and Fine Gael had agreed a programme and structure for the last coalition government. So why has the 32nd Dáil b(...)

 Alex White: claims are being made that roles such his as Minister at his point were  making less and less sense in absence of a government. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Senior Labour Party figures have said they want the party to “pull the plug” and resign from Government soon. As talks on government-formation cont(...)

Acting Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Brendan Howlin: a leadership election must take place within six months of a general election. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The writing has been on the wall for Joan Burton since the results of the general election began to trickle through. A government party with 37 seats(...)

Labour leader Joan Burton at a meeting in Dublin attended by general election candidates and former TDs. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Labour Party leader Joan Burton has said she will act in the best interests of the party after hearing calls for her immediate resignation at a meeti(...)

Acting Tánaiste Joan Burton:  Some  party members said demands for her resignation were inevitable. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Tánaiste Joan Burton is expected to resist calls today to step down as leader of the Labour Party. She is to meet all candidates who stood in the ge(...)

Eamon Gilmore: “As we know from our own experience in Ireland, you can set target dates, but you can’t always get everything into the jar by that date.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

When it comes to the Colombian peace talks, Eamon Gilmore is our man in Havana. On Monday the former tánaiste and Labour leader walked into the Florid(...)

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(...)

Willie Penrose and James Bannon before the final count Longford-Westmeath count finally ended early on Thursday morning. Photograph: John McCauley.

It was the worst election in the Labour Party’s 104-year history, made even bleaker by the prospect of losing Dáil speaking rights. The junior Coalit(...)

Derek Nolan: The Labour Party candidate seen here at the Galway West count has few regrets, he says.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Early on Saturday morning it was clear that my Dáil career was over. I had known for years that the fight would be difficult but it became apparent in(...)

Josepha Madigan TD talks to beaten FG running mate Alan Shatter. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Fine Gael’s performance in the capital marked something of a bright spot for the party as it lost ground elsewhere across the country. It is now the m(...)