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(...)

A spokesman for Labour Party leader Joan Burton (above) has enumerated   three positions for the party: outright opposition, a new coalition, or a halfway point between these two positions, where Labour would facilitate or support a Fine Gael-led government from outside. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

These are difficult, uncertain days for the Labour Party. To the crushing disappointment of the general election result has been added not just a slo(...)

Labour Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. The possible future leader of the party has to carefully consider options. Photograph: Eric Luke

The options are stark for the Labour Party. The thrashing it received at the general election has put the party in a position of extreme precariousn(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton arriving at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Wrestling with the various combinations and permutations, there is little confidence among politicians around Leinster House that what will finally em(...)

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(...)

A new government will be radically different from anything we have seen in the State

The old joke goes that the best way of spreading a story is to tell a politician a secret. Like journalists, many of the political class are terrible (...)

Acting Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton leaving Leinster House, Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste Joan Burton has told senior Labour Party figures she wants to stay on as party leader and has discussed a campaign to retain the leadership, (...)

 Matheson headquarters on Sir  Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson

Matheson, the Irish legal firm named in the Panama Papers, last year urged international regulators to water down proposed tougher disclosure rules f(...)

“Big business and wealthy people are paying less and less into the State coffers with the result that there is less to spend on public services,” said Independent TD Mick Wallace. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil has called on Frank Flannery to answer questions arising from the Panama Papers, following publication yesterday of details about the fin(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with FF TDs as they arrive for the first day of the 32nd Dáil. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

They don’t like the term, “grand coalition”, the Fianna Fáil grassroots. There’s nothing grand at all about the idea of serving as a junior partner, o(...)