Minister for Finance and Fine Gael TD Michael Noonan has said there is a strong chance his party and Fianna Fáil will be unable to strike a deal on water charges. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

There is a strong chance Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will be unable to strike a deal on a minority government, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has s(...)

Katie Taylor is among the boxers competing in Samsun, Turkey. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Irish boxing’s bid to improve the numbers of the team to travel to Rio in August begins on Saturday in Samsun, Turkey. Six male and three female box(...)

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 (...)

What is needed now is for politicians, particularly the leadership of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, to be big and imaginative enough to think outside the box. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It is not as difficult as they all seem to think to get a stable and workmanlike government based on the results of the general election. They just ne(...)

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(...)

Photograph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

Social media in Election 2016 was more important than ever before – more that 70 per cent of candidates had a Twitter account, up from 57 per cent du(...)

Stephen Donnelly: topped poll in Wicklow, which had  70.92% turnout. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

National turnout in the election, at 65.2 per cent, was almost five points down on the February 2011 poll but not wildly out of line with that in rece(...)

Everywhere that Fianna Fáil won seats there was talk of constituency work, the repeated mantra that forgets that a general election is a national one. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Is your head still spinning? Are you still wondering where we stand? The electorate clicked its heels and didn’t just end up in a tornado but created (...)

 Stephen Donnelly TD, with Social Democrat candidates, Aisling O Neill,  and Glenna Lynch. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Polltopper Stephen Donnelly was a surprise winner in the 2011 election. He decided to stand for the Dáil as an Independent after he learned that the E(...)