Independent TD John Halligan at Leinster House in Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Independent TDs indicated they will not allow differences over localised issues to derail agreement with Fine Gael over their participation in a minor(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny: courting Independents  to form minority government.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night assured Independent TDs a minority government led by his party would last. Mr Kenny attended a meeting with th(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny: attended a meeting with Independent Alliance TDs on Friday night. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night assured Independent TDs that a minority government led by him would last. He attended a meeting with Independen(...)

Fine Gael TD Simon Coveney speaking to reporters after leaving talks on government formation. ‘A lot has been agreed. There was 30 items up for discussion, the vast majority of them have been agreed in terms of accommodation or compromise,’ he said. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fine Gael Ministers offered Fianna Fail a six to nine month suspension of water charges at a meeting on Monday. The negotiating team, which consists (...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) and  Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin speak during a State  ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising  at Arbour Hill Cemetery, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin have spoken to one another today as the political impasse continues. Mr Kenny and M(...)

While Labour is cool on coalition, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have discussed the future of Irish Water and the charges

Opinion in the Labour Party has hardened against another coalition with Fine Gael, with strong indications that party members will reject such a propo(...)

  Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin:  said to have the support of the majority of Labour members. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin is seeking to run uncontested for the Labour leadership but may face competition from its current depu(...)

Acting Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has warned that health overspending could eliminate the next government’s ability to deliver many tax cuts and policy pledges. File photograph: Julien Warnand

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has warned that health overspending could eliminate the next government’s ability to deliver many tax cuts and pol(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny arriving at Government Buildings in Dublin this week. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin have agreed to postpone talks between the two parties until Wednesday. The two party leaders spoke aga(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny chats to President Michael D Higgins at the Easter Sunday commemoration ceremony and parade from O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

The Easter Sunday centenary commemoration at the GPO was told the “short lives and big dreams” of the men, women and children of 1916 “extended the ho(...)