A file image of newly appointed Minister for Social Protection  Leo Varadkar, newly appointed Minister for Education Richard Bruton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who has radically reshuffled his ministerial team. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

As befits a dramatically different 32nd Dáil, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has named a dramatically different Cabinet. That’s not even taking account of the s(...)

The government to be announced tomorrow will have a very different configuration than anything that has gone before.. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The government to be announced tomorrow will have a very different configuration than anything that has gone before. There have been shake-ups before (...)

 Independent Kerry TD Danny  Healy Rae (right) with his brother Michael. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Independent Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has said he does not agree with all the talk about climate change because only God controls the weather. “God a(...)

Deputy First Leader of Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, outside the GPO on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Sunday, April 24th,  where the party  hosted a pageant leading up to a re-enaction of the reading there of the Proclamation by Patrick Pearse.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has contended his party is the only one committed to achieving Irish unity. Mr McGuinness said the biggest challenge fa(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the 2016 party ardfheis  in Dublin. Mr Adams has been the party’s leader for three decades now - and counting. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The queen reached a landmark birthday during the week when she turned 90. Here, we have our own equivalent of a very long, uninterrupted reign. It’s(...)

Emmet Stagg: The former Kildare North Labour deputy  said entering a government arrangement would be disastrous for Labour and the idea should be opposed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There is large-scale opposition among Labour’s elected representatives to involvement in a Fine Gael-led minority government. A clear majority of th(...)

Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

On April 12th at around midday, Daithí de Róiste pulled up his car at the Springhill Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. As he parked, he noted that(...)

 FF leader Micheál Martin: “We will agree to a process which can allow a [minority] government to be formed and for that government to have reasonable security based on a fully transparent framework.” Photograph: Eric Luke

In recent days, senior Fianna Fáil figures, including party leader Micheál Martin, have said publicly that negotiations with Fine Gael on government f(...)

Acting Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny at Government Buildings. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael negotiating teams are set to commence formal talks later today with a view to agreeing the shape of a minority government th(...)

Mood music failed to hit right note for Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil chief Micheál Martin. Photograph Barbara Lindberg.

The room is nondescript, used for meetings and as a waiting room. It is located just at the end of the “bridge” that connects Leinster House to Govern(...)