Mary Boyle was six years old when she went missing on March 18th, 1977 near Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

The twin sister of Mary Boyle (6), who went missing in Donegal 39 years ago, has presented Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin “evidence” that a politic(...)

Old habits: Micheál Martin of Fianna Fáil and Enda Kenny, the acting Taoiseach, have struggled to see eye to eye

Are we there yet? Are we there yet? The process of forming a government from the 32nd Dáil has been distinguished above all by its glacial pace. Even (...)

In the coming days Fine Gael will attempt to assemble the numbers to have Enda Kenny elected taoiseach at the fourth attempt next Wednesday, .Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Negotiating teams from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil held what were described as “constructive” talks on Friday afternoon. Both sides have agreed to mee(...)

Independents at Government Buildings following talks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The talks between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael enter their third day today and, following sessions on how the mechanics of a minority government will wor(...)

A new government will be radically different from anything we have seen in the State

The old joke goes that the best way of spreading a story is to tell a politician a secret. Like journalists, many of the political class are terrible (...)

Independent TD Shane Ross: “At long last they are talking and good sense has prevailed.”

Independent TD Shane Ross says that his group will come to a “speedy” decision once Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil put their final proposals to them. “We (...)

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(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the Dail with Lisa Chambers, Dara Calleary, Charlie McConalogue, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony and Mary Butler. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was urged by his parliamentary party members yesterday to allow them abstain in next week’s vote for taoiseach. Mr (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the Dáil with Dara Calleary, Charlie McConalogue, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony and Mary Butler, after his party rejected Fine Gael’s proposal for government. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Another election in the coming months is now a distinct possibility following a bitter breakdown in relations between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil over t(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. The party will hold an all-day meeting with the group of five rural Independents. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Meetings to discuss a possible new government will continue today as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil intensify their efforts to woo Independent TDs in advan(...)