The two parties have agreed in principle to establish an independent commission to examine the future of Irish Water

Fine Gael is willing to offer Fianna Fáil a temporary suspension of water charges in a bid to end the political deadlock. Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny(...)

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 (...)

Independent Senator Averil Power and Leo Varadkar: the Minister has endorsed Power  in the forthcoming TCD Seanad elections 2016. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Q - When is an independent not an independent? A - When he or she is a member of Fine Gael. Businessman and entrepreneur Seán Melly, who is runni(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. In 2011 Senators resisted his attempts to get long-standing Senators to stand down

The prospect of a minority government failing to control the new Seanad could influence Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to consider a coalition deal, source(...)

Scenes at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Mountbellew, Co Galway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Massive numbers have been attending St Patrick’s Day festivities around Ireland, helped along by sunshine and relatively excellent weather in many par(...)

Perhaps to signal its intent, Fine Gael decided to hold a transition day photocall on the plinth, trotting out its parliamentary party for the cameras. An unusual move. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

There were so many puffed out chests parading around Leinster House yesterday it was like waking up in the middle of a Foghorn Leghorn convention. T(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry is the son of the former Minister for Finance and EU Commissioner Ray MacSharry. It has been a long and winding road to the Dái(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Eamon Scanlon.

Fianna Fáil has won two seats in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency where in the last election they took none. Senator Marc MacSharry topped the poll an(...)

Enda Kenny addresses Fine Gael candidates and supporters in Dublin on February 3rd. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The general election campaign got off to a shaky start yesterday, but the great quake came this morning with the results of the latest Irish Times/Ips(...)

Chairman Ciaran Lynch  (c) and members of the Oireachtas banking inquiry at the publication of the inquiry’s report at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The State could have saved more than €9 billion by imposing losses on senior debt holders at the six Irish banks, the National Treasury Management Age(...)