Enda Kenny said he was ‘obviously very cognisant’ of trying to bring the matter to a successful conclusion as speedily as possible. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Enda Kenny has said he does not know if there will be a Dáil vote next week to elect a taoiseach. The acting Taoiseach told the House on Thursday mor(...)

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(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny said discussions were underway between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to reach agreement on the formation of a government, while also consulting Independent members

There were further sharp exchanges in the Dáil on Wednesday morning as the Government and Fianna Fáil rejected a demand for a vote on a motion abolish(...)

Paschal Donohoe and Simon Coveney of Fine Gael arrive for talks with Fianna Fáil on forming a government. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Water charges are getting too much attention in the Fine Gael- Fianna Fáil talks on forming a government, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said. (...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace said mental health was the health issue raised most during the election campaign in his constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has ruled out making individual constituency deals with TDs for the provision of health services. “I would not be p(...)

Acting  Taoiseach Enda Kenny: judgment would ‘potentially’ have an impact in a limited number of cases. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said necessary action will be taken quickly to address issues raised by the High Court decision to declare unconstitut(...)

Micheál Martin at the Easter Rising commemoration at Arbour Hill. The challenges faced today are “nothing compared to the challenges faced and overcome by the heroes of 1916”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said his party could support a Fine Gael-Labour minority government. “We are prepared to facilitate a Fine Gae(...)

The former Dún Laoghaire TD Barry Andrews,  who now leads the team at the development aid charity Goal.

For many former deputies the real impact only kicks in several days after losing their seats. The numerous counts that are a feature of our electora(...)

Defeated Labour TD Anne Ferris: “Losing your seat is a blow to your self-confidence. I have now joined the ranks of the unemployed and I am hoping something will turn up.’’ Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Defeated Labour Wicklow TD Anne Ferris felt a deep sadness when she recently closed her constituency office in Bray. “We were still getting telephone(...)

 Independent TD Mattie McGrath:  “There has to be a written agreement on how a minority government will function.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Independent Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath has said he may oppose all nominations for taoiseach in Thursday’s Dáil vote if there is no deal for a minori(...)