Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said “the Border’s destiny would not be determined by the sole wishes of the Irish and British governments”, in apparent contradiction of comments by Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers. Photograph: Getty Images

Nobody can say with certainty there will be no changes to the Border between Ireland and Northern Ireland if the UK votes to leave the EU, Minister fo(...)

Ciaran Lynch, the former Cork South Central TD  welcomed  Joan Burton’s statement on Tuesday evening when she ruled out Labour entering any minority coalition arrangement with Fine Gael. He believed it was not what Labour Party members wanted.  Photograph: Collins

Labour should not wait until a new government has been formed before addressing its own leadership issue, according to former Labour TD, Ciaran Lynch(...)

Fine Gael TD’s Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney, Paschal Donohoe, Frances Fitzgerald and Michael Noonan speaking to journalists after leaving talks on the formation of a government between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have agreed the outline of a deal on Irish Water that should allow a minority government to be put in place next week. At t(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton’s leadership of the Labour Party was not discussed at the meeting. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Labour Party has decided not to go back into government despite a request from Fine Gael to do so. At a meeting of the parliamentary party in Lei(...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton leaving Leinster House, Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste Joan Burton has warned Labour Party members to be ready for a second election as talks on the formation of government remain deadlocked over (...)

The Tánaiste has criticised Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin for sitting on their hands and leaving the “country without a government”. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said Labour has a responsibility to consider its role in the formation of a government. But a letter from Ms Burton which wa(...)

While Labour is cool on coalition, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have discussed the future of Irish Water and the charges

Opinion in the Labour Party has hardened against another coalition with Fine Gael, with strong indications that party members will reject such a propo(...)

The Irish Times Women’s Podcast named director Louise Ní Fhiannachta as the recipient of the inaugural Irish Times Women’s Podcast Woman To Watch Award. Photograph: Roisín Ingle via Twitter

The Irish Times Women’s Podcast named director Louise Ní Fhiannachta as the recipient of the inaugural Irish Times Women’s Podcast Woman To Watch Awar(...)

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

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane said the possibility of the Labour party considering re-entering coalition was a “nightmare” government scenario that “wi(...)

Former “Irish Times” editor Conor Brady: “How do we pay for good journalism as distinct from ‘infotainment’ and recycled celebrity news?” he asked the ongoing Women in Media conference   in Ballybunion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The challenges facing women in leadership roles in the media today are “immense”, according to former Irish Times editor Conor Brady. Opening the fo(...)