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(...)

 Credit must go to Enda Kenny who will have confounded his many critics one more time if he manages to be elected Taoiseach for a second term. Since the election setback he has displayed resilience and patience in the face of political misfortune and it looks as if that is going to be rewarded. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

After more than nine weeks of political gamesmanship, interspersed with serious negotiations, it looks as if the experiment in “new politics” is final(...)

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 (...)

Sinn Féin’s recent ardfheis was a slick, professional affair, marking a decisive shift in strategy as it seeks to broaden its appeal and attract middl(...)

Micheál Martin faces a challenging, medium term task to position Fianna Fáil  back among the middle ground voters.  It is they, after all, who will decide which party leads the next government, a position it covets.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The Dáil chamber on Wednesday heard howls of “collusion” from the Sinn Féin benches, directed towards Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Enda Kenny and Mich(...)

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(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said there were many mechanisms to secure money from those who have not paid water charges,  including attachment orders. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fail believes it is “dangerous” and “risky” to refund the 950,000 people who have paid their water charges. Leader Micheál Martin told his par(...)

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(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said Fianna Fáil would be “off the hook” on the issue of water charges if it allowed a vote in the Dáil on a motion t(...)

A report into the handling of claims made by garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe has found former minister for justice  Alan Shatter TD and retired Garda commissioner Martin Callinan took the matters raised seriously. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter is believed to have been cleared of the allegations that led to his resignation from office in 2014. Mr Sh(...)