Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the GAA all-Ireland under 21 football championship final between Cork and Mayo in Ennis, Co Clare: Fine Gael hopes he will be elected Taoiseach this week. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Independent TDs have warned that their agreement on a programme for government this week cannot be taken for granted ahead of a meeting with Fine Gael(...)

Independent TDs  Noel Grealish, Denis Naughten, Mattie McGrath, Michael Harty, Michael Collins arrive for a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Opposition TDs will be given a much greater say in how the budget is framed through a strengthened system of Dáil committees, under plans proposed by (...)

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae suffered fractured ribs in an indecent with a cow on his farm in Co Kerry on Sunday evening. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae is being released from hospital after sustaining injuries including fractured ribs in an attack by a cow on his farm (...)

Gino Kenny TD of AAA-PBP and his mother Marie arrive for the 32nd Dáil at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

For all the good wishes, optimism and smiles, a strange undercurrent of uncertainty made for an edgy first day in the 32nd Dáil. Perhaps, for the ne(...)

Watched by Labour Party leader Joan Burton, the new Dáil’s youngest TD, Fianna Fáil’s Jack Chambers (25), makes his acceptance speech after being elected for the Dublin West constituency. Photograph: Alan Betson

25: There will be a number of young TDs taking seats in Leinster House for the new Dáil, and Fianna Fáil’s Jack Chambers claims the honour of being th(...)

Michael Healy-Rae (wearing cap) and his brother Danny (being lifted) celebrate their election victory in the Killarney count centre in Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

There is talk in Kilgarvan that a marquee will be erected for the days of celebrations that will follow the historic victories of Michael and Danny H(...)

 Winning two seats in a five-seater will be a challenge, despite Danny’s poll topping 4,388 votes in the 2014 local election in the Killarney area. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

The grinding poverty experienced by young Jackie Healy-Rae on a mountain holding spawned a family work ethic which has yielded a remarkable general el(...)

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae are on the cusp on being returned to Dáil Éireann. Photographs: The Irish Times

The Healy-Rae brothers look set to pull off a coup in Kerry by taking two seats in the new five-seat constituency, a poll conducted for TG4 indicates.(...)

UFC champion Conor McGregor at a weigh-in in Dublin. File photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

A petition to get the face of UFC champion Conor McGregor minted on a €1 coin has been knocked out. At a meeting on Wednesday an Oireachtas committee(...)

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae  was not at home at the time of the break-in. Nothing was removed from the house, and investigators believe the thieves were disturbed by a security alarm. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gardaí in Co Kerry are investigating a break-in at the home of the Kerry South TD Michael Healy-Rae on the outskirts of Kilgarvan. The Independent T(...)