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(...)

Independent Alliance TD Michael Fitzmaurice: “Rural Ireland cannot be forgotten again.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Independent TDs have raised concerns about the effect the suspension of water charges will have on the thousands of householders on group water scheme(...)

Fine Gael TD Simon Coveney speaking to reporters after leaving talks on government formation. ‘A lot has been agreed. There was 30 items up for discussion, the vast majority of them have been agreed in terms of accommodation or compromise,’ he said. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fine Gael Ministers offered Fianna Fail a six to nine month suspension of water charges at a meeting on Monday. The negotiating team, which consists (...)

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(...)

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(...)

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, (...)

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(...)

 Independents said Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s move was putting a gun to their heads. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

So this is now the endgame of the endgame, and Micheál Martin has told the Independent TDs to put up or shut up. It is a high-stakes move. The Fiann(...)

“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(...)