Simon Coveney: he suggested a deal to allow the next government to be formed could be finalised by Thursday

Though both parties insisted that they were observing a media blackout, the mood music from the latest round of talks on government formation last nig(...)

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(...)

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae: different stances on support for a minority Fine Gael government. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Healy-Rae brothers are taking different stances on support for a minority Fine Gael government. Newly-elected TD, Danny Healy-Rae says he will no(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny: courting Independents  to form minority government.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night assured Independent TDs a minority government led by his party would last. Mr Kenny attended a meeting with th(...)

 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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin  in Dublin. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party remains committed to assisting in the formation of a government. “In terms of what has been goi(...)

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(...)

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, (...)