Róisín Shortall TD said the traditional approach of majority rule in the Dáil could be improved upon. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Willie O’Dea is talking to the Sinn Féin delegation to see if he can strike a deal to make Micheál Martin taoiseach when in barges Michael Healy-Rae: (...)

Political factions have been encouraged to embrace power sharing internationally when facing ‘external threats which would negatively affect all communities in a country’, says political scientist Dr Dawn Walsh. Photograph: Getty Images

Eight weeks after polling day, the political options have narrowed to either a Fine Gael minority government supported grudgingly by Fianna Fáil for a(...)

Social Democrats Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly say they would support policy and legislation deemed good for the country. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Social Democrats party says it could support a minority government on a case-by-case basis, despite last week ruling themselves out of serving in (...)

 Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall. The party  said it has had a constructive meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in which a number of key issues were discussed. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Social Democrats have told Taoiseach Enda Kenny they want to see a cross-party forum on political reform agreed before the Dáil holds its vote on (...)

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton: insisted the party would continue in existence irrespective of whether or not it succeeded in winning any Dáil seat. Photograph: Eric Luke

General election 2016 was a good one for the Social Democrats and a terrible one for Renua, whose party leader Lucinda Creighton failed to retain her(...)

 Róisín Shortall, Social Democrats, at the election count in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Róisín Shortall (61) started the Dáil term in 2011 as a Labour minister of state for health having secured an historic two seats for the party for the(...)

Róisín Shortall of the Social Democrats celebrates with her grand-nephew Dara Baxter (2) after being elected in the Dublin North-West constituency. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael’s Noel Rock has been elected in Dublin North-West after the ninth count. Labour TD John Lyons lost his Dáil seat after he was eliminated o(...)

“I voted Labour the last time but they let us down.”

Three women and a little boy in blue stood chatting at a corner of Gloucester Place in Dublin’s north inner city. Intermittently they hugged themselve(...)

Niall Ó Tuathail, Social Democrat candidate for Galway West, canvassing in Shop Street in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

“Since when did your party send out 15-year-old candidates?” Social Democrat candidate for Galway West Niall Ó Tuathail laughs as he recalls the reac(...)

Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and  Róisín Shortall in the vanguard of the Social Democrats push for power. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall has not ruled out participating in a rainbow administration involving several parties and Independents after the n(...)