The fire at  the ESB substation in Inchicore, Dublin,  on Sunday night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

SORCHA POLLAK ESB Networks has said people are taking “their lives into their own hands” in their attempts to steal copper wire from locations such a(...)

Four of the Independent TDs had earlier encouraged their colleagues to vote for the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (above).  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The 14 Independent TDs have insisted they will not re-enter negotiations with Fine Gael until discussions with Fianna Fáil have concluded. The six me(...)

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(...)

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin  said for progress to be made in talks Fine Gael had to ‘move away from the highly-controlling attitude which defined the last five years’.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has confirmed it will not propose party leader Micheál Martin as taoiseach or pursue a minority government. Donegal TD Charlie McConalogu(...)

“As the efforts to form a minority government reach a conclusion, the thoughts of Independents are naturally turning to finalising the best deals they can get.” File photograph: Getty Images

Over the past few interminable weeks, Independent TDs have solemnly intoned that their talks about Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael were solely focused on n(...)

Outside the Dáil on Tuesday are Fianna Fáil’s Jim O Callaghan TD and Independent Mattie McGrath TD   as  talks to form a government continue. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Talks between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will reach a crucial point today when the two parties begin to discuss policy issues. The negotiating teams m(...)

 Independent TD Mattie McGrath:  “There has to be a written agreement on how a minority government will function.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Independent Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath has said he may oppose all nominations for taoiseach in Thursday’s Dáil vote if there is no deal for a minori(...)

 Michael Healy-Rae: has come across as one of the most sensible voices during this entire palaver. Photograph:

On Wednesday night, as Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin met to discuss government formation, Fine Gael Ministers awaited developments in the Sycamore Roo(...)

Acting Taoiseach Mr Kenny and a number of his senior Ministers have accused Fianna Fáil and Micheál Martin of putting party before country following the emphatic rejection of a partnership government by the main Opposition party.

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to reiterate his call for an end to civil war politics and ask Fianna Fáil to enter a partnership. In a statement rele(...)

Mattie McGrath: “What would be the point, for instance, in putting a government in power which could fall in a short time?’’

There is growing anger and confusion among the 15 Independent TDs whose support to form a government is being sought by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil abou(...)