‘Looking back now, the Leaving Cert exams were very predictable. But at the time it was the be-all, end-all that was going to decide my future. Now when I think about it, so many people in my [law] class came in through different access routes; it is not the only way to get into college.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Michael McGrath (19), attended Presentation Brothers College, Cork; now studying European Studies at Trinity College Dublin “I didn’t put myself under(...)

The Fianna Fail negotiating team of Barry Cowan, Jim O’Callaghan, Michael McGrath, Charlie McConalogue outside Trinity College Dublin Friday evening after talks with Fine Gael on forming a government concluded. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The agreement reached between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to facilitate the election of Enda Kenny as Taoiseach next week should act as a blueprint for (...)

Fine Gael said ‘both party leaders are now being briefed, extensive drafting has to be done’. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A deal has been reached between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the formation of a minority government led by Enda Kenny. Confirming the deal, the two (...)

Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath, a member of his party’s negotiating team on government formation, at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are at odds over the wording of proposed legislation to provide for the suspension of water charges. Fine Gael had prepared(...)

Fine Gael’s Michael Noonan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has estimated there could be an additional €10 billion to €11 billion available for public spending between next y(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil know they have to do something to deliver the promised land of government to the people. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A plan has been hatched.It involves parting the raging torrent of Irish Water, kicking a can through the gap and then parking it for as long as possib(...)

Independents at Government Buildings following talks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The talks between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael enter their third day today and, following sessions on how the mechanics of a minority government will wor(...)

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

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael negotiating teams are set to commence formal talks later today with a view to agreeing the shape of a minority government th(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

If there is one thing that stirs the political loins of the ordinary Fianna Fáiler, it is the thought of Fine Gael “arrogance”. Into that always ope(...)

Registrar Anne Marie McKiernan has not ruled out investment in social housing but warned the credit unions that they need to carry out more reorganisation. Photograph: Frank Miller

A major investment in social housing by the credit union movement has not been ruled out by the sector’s regulator, the Central Bank’s Registry of Cre(...)