Legal aid has been assigned to Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy in relation to his trial on charges of falsely imprisoning Tánaiste Joan Burton during a water charges protest almost 18 months ago. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Legal aid has been assigned to Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy in relation to his trial on charges of falsely imprisoning Tánaiste Joan Burton (...)

Joan Burton’s party took a trouncing in the general election. If it goes into government, what’s to prevent its support haemorrhaging even further, to the point of extinction? File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Delegates at the Labour Party national conference in January had no intimation of the storm that was brewing up on the horizon. Sure, a number of d(...)

Political correspondents come back from their long-range patrols of the Kildare Street jungle with thousand-yard stares and wearing necklaces made of ears – the ears of the nameless politicians who confide in them. They know where this is going.

The present stalemate in Leinster House has a grim historical precedent. From September 1939 to June 1940 the armies of western Europe faced each ot(...)

Fergus Finlay: ‘In the aftermath of an election result like that, every democratic leader in the world knows the consequences.’  Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Former Labour adviser Fergus Finlay has encouraged acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny to relish the opportunity ‘to do exciting stuff’. “This is an opportun(...)

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(...)

A spokesman for Labour Party leader Joan Burton (above) has enumerated   three positions for the party: outright opposition, a new coalition, or a halfway point between these two positions, where Labour would facilitate or support a Fine Gael-led government from outside. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

These are difficult, uncertain days for the Labour Party. To the crushing disappointment of the general election result has been added not just a slo(...)

Joan Burton criticised the disproportionate maleness of the current government negotiations on Saturday, while speaking at the Women In Media conference in Ballybunion, Co Kerry.

Joan Burton criticised the disproportionate maleness of the current government negotiations on Saturday, while speaking at the Women In Media conferen(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Herb Street Cafe, Grand Canal, Dublin, ahead of the election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Labour Ministers and TDs will speak to their constituency members this weekend about a possible return to government with Fine Gael. Following inten(...)

Labour Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. The possible future leader of the party has to carefully consider options. Photograph: Eric Luke

The options are stark for the Labour Party. The thrashing it received at the general election has put the party in a position of extreme precariousn(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny arriving at Government Buildings on Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The winding road has finally led to its inevitable destination, and Fianna Fáil has now ceded the ground to allow Enda Kenny form a Fine Gael-led mino(...)