Independent TD Mattie McGrath:  “There has to be a written agreement on how a minority government will function.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Independent Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath has said he may oppose all nominations for taoiseach in Thursday’s Dáil vote if there is no deal for a minori(...)

Maura Healy-Rae has been co-opted to take the council seat of her father Danny (centre) and join her brother Johnny (left) on Kerry County Council. Photograph: Don MacMonagle.

The eldest daughter of Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae has been co-opted on to Kerry County Council to fill the seat he vacated when elected to the Dái(...)

Gino Kenny TD of AAA-PBP and his mother Marie arrive for the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

For all the good wishes, optimism and smiles, a strange undercurrent of uncertainty made for an edgy first day in the 32nd Dáil. Perhaps, for the ne(...)

‘If the two parties were interchangeable, as so many commentators believe, one of them would have ceased to exist by now.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Resistance to a coalition between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil among the membership of both parties goes deeper than the practical political considerati(...)

Danny Healy-Rae and his brother Michael (on the floor ) are in fine form as Danny claimed the second seat in Kerry.

The Independents elected to the new Dáil are unlikely to influence the shaping of the next government, despite the pre-election consensus that they co(...)

 Winning two seats in a five-seater will be a challenge, despite Danny’s poll topping 4,388 votes in the 2014 local election in the Killarney area. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

The grinding poverty experienced by young Jackie Healy-Rae on a mountain holding spawned a family work ethic which has yielded a remarkable general el(...)

The map issued indicating which Healy-Rae brother should receive their first or second preference vote in different parts of Kerry.

Brothers and Independent candidates for Kerry, Danny and Michael Healy-Rae, have distributed a map to constituents indicating which brother should re(...)

Members of the Independent Alliance at Buswells Hotel yesterday: Shane Ross, Deirdre O’Donovan, Paul Gogarty, Tony Murphy, John Halligan, Marie Casserly, Feargal Quinn and Finian McGrath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Leading members of the Independent Alliance held a press conference in Dublin yesterday morning and loudly insisted that they are not unstable. They (...)

 Michael Healy Rae: “What I am saying to people in north Kerry is to give me a chance this time and judge me the next time.” File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

It’s a dreary cold February afternoon and Tralee is taciturn. With Christmas well gone and the summer tourists months away, you’d say might be the low(...)

Danny Healy-Rae is to run alongside his brother Michael in the upcoming general election. Photograph: PA Wire

With only a few minutes to go until the noon deadline for handing in nomination papers for the general election, Danny Healy-Rae arrived in the county(...)