The two parties have agreed in principle to establish an independent commission to examine the future of Irish Water

Fine Gael is willing to offer Fianna Fáil a temporary suspension of water charges in a bid to end the political deadlock. Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny(...)

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(...)

Face-off: participants in the protest wear Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin masks outside the Dáil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

All afternoon, they sat and faced each other across the floor as a pointless dance went on around them. Enda Kenny, when not looking vaguely in Miche(...)

Minister of State Simon Harris: his party is at logger heads with Fianna Fáil over the way forward for the State’s water utility. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil wants to hold a referendum on enshrining a water utility which could not be taken out of public ownership in the Constitution. During (...)

Pat Breen and Joe Carey of Fine Gael; Timmy Dooley of Fianna Fáil and Michael McNamara of Labour.

Fine Gael retained its two seats in the Clare constituency despite securing only about 26 per cent of the first preference vote. Pat Breen and Joe Ca(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. RTÉ has denied claims it uninvited audience members from Sunday night’s general election debate at Facebook’s Dublin headquarters. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

RTÉ has denied claims it uninvited audience members from Sunday night’s general election debate at Facebook’s Dublin headquarters. The exclusion of (...)

Is there a late surprise left in this general election campaign? Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

It has been the shortest campaign in history but even three weeks has been too long. Last week, the parties started to run out of things to stay. The(...)

The top issue being discussed by Facebook users was the economy, followed by health and infrastructure

Politicians who participated in the RTÉ 2 Election special at Facebook’s offices in Dublin on Sunday night generally welcomed the non-confrontational (...)

Commuters take to the tracks and walk along the line at Ranelagh. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new move is to be made to try to resolve the dispute which has led to two strikes on Dublin’s Luas rail system system this month. The head of the (...)

Tweeted by the AAA’s Paul Murphy, he  scored a more palpable hit  with this  picture of Enda and Joan as guitar-wielding members of Status Quo.

BAND ON THE RUN Nice to see some maturity at last in the electoral debate as it enters its final week. “The Labour Party so out of touch they don’t ev(...)