Katherine Zappone: Independent TD who has already pledged  her support for Enda Kenny. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There are a couple of pieces of the jigsaw missing yet. With the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil parliamentary parties likely to approve the agreement on a (...)

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(...)

 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(...)

Declan Ganley: “Today’s Persona ruling is immaterial to our case.” Photograph: Eric Luke

One down, one to go. The High Court has, for now, scuppered businessman Tony Boyle’s lawsuit, funded by a specialist English litigation company, su(...)

A High Court judge has refused to allow an English company to fund a legal action against the State, businessman Denis O’Brien and former government minister Michael Lowry (above).

A High Court judge has refused to allow an English company to fund a legal action against the State, businessman Denis O’Brien and former government m(...)

 Acting Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has pulled out of the contest to form a minority government but differences over Irish Water could scupper the chances of a Fine Gael-led (...)

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(...)

Michael Lowry, whose complex tax affairs have become public knowledge by default. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times Dara Mac Donaill

British prime minister David Cameron has been bounced into disclosing his tax returns by the Panama Papers revelations. His finance minister George Os(...)

Independent TD for Tipperary, Michael Lowry (60) of Glenreigh, Holycross, Co Tipperary, leaves the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday  after receiving a date for his trial to go ahead in March 2017. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Independent TD Michael Lowry has withdrawn an appeal against the High Court’s refusal to stop his trial for tax offences. Mr Lowry (60), of Glenreigh(...)