Just one Independent TD - Michael Lowry - supported Enda Kenny in the Dáil vote for taoiseach on Wednesday afternoon. As expected, the acting Taoisea(...)

Shane Ross  with TDs from the Independent Alliance  and  Aisling Dunne, one of the party’s co-ordinators for talks with Fianna Fáil. Photograph: RollingNews.ie

Parties with five TDs or more are to be given full parliamentary status and speaking time in the Dáil for the first time, a committee established to e(...)

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(...)

Members of the Defence Forces march through  Dublin  as part of the programme of commemorative events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.  Photograph: Maxwells/AFP/Getty Images

At midday, they lowered the flag. And in the reflective silence, a nation stood proud and remembered. This was something special. It was truly a gr(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. In 2011 Senators resisted his attempts to get long-standing Senators to stand down

The prospect of a minority government failing to control the new Seanad could influence Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to consider a coalition deal, source(...)

Irish Water logo. A Fianna Fáil Senator has  claimed that Irish Water was a Fine Gael idea.

Irish Water was a Fine Gael idea and Fianna Fáil never made any decisions about creating a water utility while in government, the opposition party has(...)

Michelle Mulherin  TD:    she is seen as facing an uphill struggle in Co Mayo, which is dropping from a five-seater to a four-seater for this election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael is planning to provide extra resources for candidates it believes are capturing public support ahead of the general election. Party strateg(...)

British prime minister Herbert Henry Asquith: told the House of Commons that, since the outbreak of war, Britain had sustained 549,467 casualties. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

January 29th, 1916 The extraordinary rate of casualties for the British army in just 15 months of fighting was laid in front of the House of Common(...)

A school caretaker  has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of theft of bags of bananas, apples oranges worth about €66 from Scoil Fhursa in north Dublin

A school caretaker has gone on trial at Dublin District Court accused of stealing bags of fruit which were meant to be given to pupils as part of a he(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on mental health Colm Keaveney said the Government and the responsible Minister of State, Kathleen Lynch, had failed in promise to ring fence an additional €37 million per annum for services.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil has said it will give a cast-iron commitment to increase funding for mental health services by €200 within five years if it is returned to(...)