In the coming days Fine Gael will attempt to assemble the numbers to have Enda Kenny elected taoiseach at the fourth attempt next Wednesday, .Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Negotiating teams from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil held what were described as “constructive” talks on Friday afternoon. Both sides have agreed to mee(...)

Peter Burke:   his two sitting party colleagues, James Bannon and Gabrielle McFadden, lost out

Peter Burke emerged as a new Fine Gael TD in Longford-Westmeath while his two sitting colleagues, James Bannon and Gabrielle McFadden, lost their Dáil(...)

Willie Penrose with  Labour’s Joe Revington at the count centre in Longford. Photograph: Michelle Ghee

Willie Penrose has said that nobody should write off the Labour party after he retained his seat in Longford-Westmeath and ensured the party’s speakin(...)

James Bannon and Willie Penrose at the Longford-Westmeath election count in Kenagh, Longford. Photograph: Michelle Ghee.

Longford-Westmeath returning officer Imelda Brannigan has announced that the count is continuing, Speaking just after midnight, in the first update a(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says his party will “formulate a set of principles that will guide Fine Gael participation in a future government”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/Irish Times

At a glance: 156 out of 158 seats have been filled, 39 out of 40 constituencies complete and there was a 65 per cent national turnout. Water on table(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Shay Murtagh Concrete Products Raharney, Co Westmeath, on the first day of canvassing in the general election. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach made a concrete start to the general election campaign Thursday. It was first stop Meath West and a visit to local company Shay Murtagh(...)

RSA has confirmed that it has settled its legal dispute with former chief executive Philip Smith, who had been awarded €1.25 million last year by the Employment Appeals Tribunal relating to his departure from the company in controversial circumstances in late 2013.

Ireland’s largest insurance company RSA has confirmed that it has settled its legal dispute with former chief executive Philip Smith, who had been awa(...)

Philip Smith outside the Employment Appeals Tribunal last year: he was one of three executives suspended by RSA in Ireland in 2013.

Ireland’s biggest insurer, RSA, has reached an out-of-court settlement with its former chief executive Philip Smith relating to an appeal by the compa(...)

The restructuring in Ireland is part of a wider refocus by RSA at international level. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ireland’s biggest insurance company RSA expects to return to profit in 2016 after three years of heavy losses following the emergence of financial iss(...)

Aishling Barry and James Hoare at Ladychapel Church in Maynooth Co Kildare

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)