Independent TD John Halligan at Leinster House in Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Independent TDs indicated they will not allow differences over localised issues to derail agreement with Fine Gael over their participation in a minor(...)

 Portlaoise hospital. The families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital may never find out if those responsible for the care of their children were disciplined by the health service, the head of the Health Service Executive has warned. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The families of babies who died at Portlaoise hospital may never find out if those responsible for the care of their children were disciplined by the (...)

Fine Gael party members Frances Fitzgerald, Leo Varadkar, Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is favourite to be appointed tánaiste by Enda Kenny if a Fine Gael-led minority government is put in place. M(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: he instructed his officials to put pressure on the HSE

It is almost a year since the Health Service Executive promised an investigation into whether staff should be disciplined arising from the deaths of i(...)

Fianna Fáil agrees to support Fine Gael minority government until autumn 2018. Photograph: The Irish Times

The prospect of a much bigger budget giveaway in October than previously anticipated helped seal last night’s historic agreement between Fine Gael an(...)

 Credit must go to Enda Kenny who will have confounded his many critics one more time if he manages to be elected Taoiseach for a second term. Since the election setback he has displayed resilience and patience in the face of political misfortune and it looks as if that is going to be rewarded. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

After more than nine weeks of political gamesmanship, interspersed with serious negotiations, it looks as if the experiment in “new politics” is final(...)

James Reilly, Minister for Children and Leo Varadkar Minister for Health at Crumlin Childrens Hospital to celebrate the decision by an Bord Pleanala to grant permission for the new childrens hospital on a campus shared with St. James’s Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland reacted quickly enough when the financial crisis hit. You could argue all day about the decisions that were taken. But the point is that the l(...)

Fine Gael said ‘both party leaders are now being briefed, extensive drafting has to be done’. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A deal has been reached between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the formation of a minority government led by Enda Kenny. Confirming the deal, the two (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath, a member of his party’s negotiating team on government formation, at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are at odds over the wording of proposed legislation to provide for the suspension of water charges. Fine Gael had prepared(...)

Artist’s impression of proposed patient rooms at the site of the new state-of-the-art children’s hospital to be co-located at St James’s Hospital,  Dublin. Image: Children’s Hospital Group/PA Wire

Work on building the new national children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital in Dublin will start in June with the clearance of existing buildings on (...)