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(...)

Independent Alliance TD Michael Fitzmaurice: ‘We intend to do 12 hours a day until it is sorted’.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Negotiators from both sides have reported good progress in talks on Monday evening between Fine Gael and Independent TDs on the formation of a new gov(...)

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(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny: courting Independents  to form minority government.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night assured Independent TDs a minority government led by his party would last. Mr Kenny attended a meeting with th(...)

 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(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny: attended a meeting with Independent Alliance TDs on Friday night. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night assured Independent TDs that a minority government led by him would last. He attended a meeting with Independen(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil know they have to do something to deliver the promised land of government to the people. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A plan has been hatched.It involves parting the raging torrent of Irish Water, kicking a can through the gap and then parking it for as long as possib(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  in Dublin. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party remains committed to assisting in the formation of a government. “In terms of what has been goi(...)