Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan who said the Dáil was going to have to look at ways to find ‘new solutions’ to political problems.

If Fine Gael “get off the stage” with regard to the formation of the next government the country would be ungovernable, acting minister for foreign Af(...)

A standalone water utility now exists and will most likely continue to exist, but it might get a new name. File photograph: Getty Images

How are the government formation talks going? Not so well. Water is a big stumbling block, despite reports that Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his Fine Gae(...)

Now Martin has dramatically re-engaged northwards, using his Arbour Hill address last week to demand “direct engagement by both the Irish and British governments”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

In 2012, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin turned his Bodenstown address to the problems of Stormont and the failure of London and Dublin to address t(...)

Independent TDs Denis Naughten and Finian McGrath chatting with Fine Gael’s Michael Creed (centre) outside Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

For once the cliché is appropriate. We are in uncharted territory. The leaking has stopped. Well, not entirely, but enough to cause a massive cr(...)

From left: Independent TDs Boxer Moran Seán Canney, Shane Ross and Micheal Fitzmaurice pictured at government buildings. The suggestion that some of the Independents could be part of a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil dominated government is creative.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

After 40 days and 40 nights of “government formation for slow learners” we have finally got to the intensive stage of real engagement between the two (...)

Former tánaiste and Labour leader Dick Spring predicted yesterday “that it’s going to get very ugly”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

From Civil War politics to open war politics – and it’s becoming more uncivil by the day. We moved into some very strange territory yesterday. There i(...)

Micheál Martin by a poster of Enda Kenny: the formation of governments is essentially a numbers game and the numbers point to an FG-FF coalition. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Imagine the scene. The Fine Gael minister arrives in the chauffeur-driven Mercedes to make a major announcement, one that will bring benefit to his co(...)

Former Attorney General John Rodgers said today that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be required to formally resign  if he fails to win majority support in the Dáil this week. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

One of Ireland’s leading constitutional lawyers has said Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be required to formally resign as Taoiseach if he fails to win maj(...)

’We are going to Borgen the bejaysus out of you bunch of Scandi-loving ingrates’ Photograph: Mike Kolloffel MAG TV

I am sorry, but we are going to have to have another election. There seems to have been a terrible mistake. You have once again failed your political (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.  Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

If much of the political establishment is shaking its head in disbelief, at least it knows how the Irish public has felt for much of the last decade. (...)