Leaders confirmed they would advocate a return to power for the Coalition. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton have confirmed there will be no Mullingar Accord-type agreement in advance of the general election. The(...)

Labour has dismissed FG strategist Frank Flanney’s MacGill Summer School proposal of  a joint campaign for the general election. Photograph: The Irish Times

Labour Party TDs have expressed strong opposition to a suggestion by a Fine Gael strategist that both Coalition parties contest the election on a join(...)

Marriage is rarely one of true minds, and coalition partnerships are no exception. Invariably these are marriages more of convenience than of convicti(...)

The Minister said there was “no discussion whatsoever” with Labour about a joint approach to the next general election. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said Fine Gael and Labour have not discussed a joint approach to the next election but her “preference” is a r(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Sinn Féin’s Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties. Photograph: North West Newspix

Tánaiste and Labour party leader Joan Burton has acknowledged some tensions between her party and Fine Gael in Government but said they had not reduce(...)

Micheál Martin said his predecessors as Fianna Fáil leader, Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen, had given evidence that was “strong and robust and also matter of fact”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said there has been no sense of a damaging “gotcha moment” for his party in the banking inquiry so far. Arrivin(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton responded to comments comparing the Coalition to a “bad marriage” at MacGill Summer School. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton has admitted there have been some tensions between her party and Fine Gael in Government but without impa(...)

Fine Gael and Labour’s best chance of re-election would be to contest the general election as a government and not as individual parties, political strategist Frank Flannery has said. Photograph: North West Newspix.

Fine Gael and Labour’s best chance of re-election would be to contest the general election as a government and not as individual parties, political(...)

Eoghan Ó Neachtain assisting German chancellor Angela Merkel in  Dublin in 2008. Photograph: Eric Luke

A former government press secretary who served three different taoisigh has been appointed as a director of a public relations company with strong Fin(...)

The Government has shelved plans to reduce the higher rate of income tax in favour of cuts to the unpopular Universal Social Charge in the pre-election budget. Photograph: Getty Images

The Coalition has dropped plans to reduce the higher rate of income tax in favour of cuts to the unpopular Universal Social Charge in the pre-election(...)