Katherine Zappone TD has already voted to support Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael will this weekend attempt to lock down the support of an additional six to 10 Independent TDs in order to secure Enda Kenny’s re-election a(...)

Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

Independent TD Katherine Zappone:  said a number of issues remained to be decided such as whether the childcare scheme would be available to part-time workers or those in education. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A subsidised childcare scheme worth up to €2,000 for working parents with children under three forms part of a key pledge Fine Gael has committed to (...)

 Enda Kenny: the support of the six members of the Independent Alliance is being sought  in a bid to elect him as taoiseach. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael is focusing its efforts on securing the support of the six members of the Independent Alliance in a bid to elect Enda Kenny as taoiseach. T(...)

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(...)

Ringing the changes: Barry Gardiner and Anthony Kinahan who are getting married  in Drogheda. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

For Anthony Kinahan (34) and Barry Gardiner (36), who met at a disco in Drogheda 17 years ago, today marks the “close of an emotional chapter and the (...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: “I didn’t realise there was anything happening but as soon as I arrived [at the Dáil], I realised they had just had a meeting.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thirteen Independent men, good, strong and true, held a very important meeting on Thursday. And then they told the two women about it. It was all, (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with TDs Lisa Chambers, Dara Calleary, Charlie McConalogue, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony and Mary Butler at Leinster House. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

If the shenanigans of the past seven weeks are indicative of how the “new politics” is going to work then the country is heading for political instabi(...)

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

Fianna Fáil has pulled out of the contest to form a minority government but differences over Irish Water could scupper the chances of a Fine Gael-led (...)

 Micheál Martin of Fianna Fáil at the Dáil before the vote for Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gerry Adams may be of some service to them after all. No better man than the Sinn Féin president to give Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin advice on dec(...)