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(...)

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(...)

The fire at  the ESB substation in Inchicore, Dublin,  on Sunday night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

SORCHA POLLAK ESB Networks has said people are taking “their lives into their own hands” in their attempts to steal copper wire from locations such a(...)

 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(...)

Mattie McGrath: “What would be the point, for instance, in putting a government in power which could fall in a short time?’’

There is growing anger and confusion among the 15 Independent TDs whose support to form a government is being sought by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil abou(...)

Micheál Martin said he and Enda KEnny agreed they would speak next week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fine Gael has insisted acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny is willing and ready to meet Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to initate negotiations on the forma(...)

Independent TDs  Noel Grealish, Denis Naughten, Mattie McGrath, Michael Harty, Michael Collins arrive for a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Opposition TDs will be given a much greater say in how the budget is framed through a strengthened system of Dáil committees, under plans proposed by (...)

Joe O’Reilly was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2007. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Joe O’Reilly is to seek permission from the Supreme Court to appeal an unsuccessful attempt to have his conviction declared a miscarriage of justice. (...)

Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghín Ó Caolaín, Eoin Ó Broin and Mary Lou McDonald: Sinn Féin favours the abolition of Irish Water and water charges. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire

Sinn Féin wants to establish an independent commission to examine the best way to deliver water services, but does not believe its outcome would be t(...)

Michael McGrath is one of four TDs on Fianna Fáil’s negotiating team. File photograph: Collins.

Fianna Fáil has selected a four-strong negotiating team to talk to other political parties and Independent TDs about government formation. A senior (...)