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(...)

 Katherine Zappone: Independent TD who has already pledged  her support for Enda Kenny. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There are a couple of pieces of the jigsaw missing yet. With the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil parliamentary parties likely to approve the agreement on a (...)

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(...)

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae: different stances on support for a minority Fine Gael government. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Healy-Rae brothers are taking different stances on support for a minority Fine Gael government. Newly-elected TD, Danny Healy-Rae says he will no(...)

Fianna Fáil agrees to support Fine Gael minority government until autumn 2018. Photograph: The Irish Times

The prospect of a much bigger budget giveaway in October than previously anticipated helped seal last night’s historic agreement between Fine Gael an(...)

   James Reilly: approached by some in Fine Gael about the possibility of filling a Seanad seat. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A number of former Fine Gael TDs and ministers are hoping to be appointed to the Seanad in the event of Enda Kenny being elected taoiseach. The new t(...)

 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(...)

 Credit must go to Enda Kenny who will have confounded his many critics one more time if he manages to be elected Taoiseach for a second term. Since the election setback he has displayed resilience and patience in the face of political misfortune and it looks as if that is going to be rewarded. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

After more than nine weeks of political gamesmanship, interspersed with serious negotiations, it looks as if the experiment in “new politics” is final(...)

The Fianna Fail negotiating team of Barry Cowan, Jim O’Callaghan, Michael McGrath, Charlie McConalogue outside Trinity College Dublin Friday evening after talks with Fine Gael on forming a government concluded. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The agreement reached between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to facilitate the election of Enda Kenny as Taoiseach next week should act as a blueprint for (...)

Fine Gael said ‘both party leaders are now being briefed, extensive drafting has to be done’. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A deal has been reached between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the formation of a minority government led by Enda Kenny. Confirming the deal, the two (...)