Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are at odds over the wording of legislation to give effect to an agreement reached on Irish Water. Billy Kelleher, a Fianna Fáil TD, has criticised Fine Gael’s Leo Varadkar for saying the suspension of the water charges is wrong. Photograph: Collins.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil expect an agreement on support for the formation of a minority government to be reached on Friday despite continued tension (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the Dail with Lisa Chambers, Dara Calleary, Charlie McConalogue, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony and Mary Butler. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was urged by his parliamentary party members yesterday to allow them abstain in next week’s vote for taoiseach. Mr (...)

The Fine Gael leader  presented  15 Independent TDs with a policy paper outlining his party’s 16 priorities in Government. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has presented Independent TDs with a policy paper outlining Fine Gael’s top priorities in government, including appointing(...)

I do know some who would object to coalition but they would take it on the chin for the country, says Tipperary councillor John Crosse. Photograph: Willie O’Brien

If there is anger among Fine Gael supporters at the election fiasco, one might expect to find it in Tipperary. A constituency that managed to lose bot(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness: ‘The country has to come first and the electorate has spoken.’  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

Two Fianna Fáil TDs have called on their party to consider entering coalition with Fine Gael for the good of the country. Carlow-Kilkenny TDs John M(...)

The 32nd Dáil is set for deadlock on the election of a new taoiseach on Thursday  when it meets for the first time. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The 32nd Dáil is set for deadlock on the election of a new taoiseach today when it meets for the first time but agreement is expected on a mechanism t(...)

Perhaps to signal its intent, Fine Gael decided to hold a transition day photocall on the plinth, trotting out its parliamentary party for the cameras. An unusual move. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

There were so many puffed out chests parading around Leinster House yesterday it was like waking up in the middle of a Foghorn Leghorn convention. T(...)

Up for the count: Micheál Martin celebrates his re-election in Cork. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Micheál Martin has never been in a stronger position as Fianna Fáil leader. His position is analogous to that of Claudio Ranieri, the manager of ungl(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s personal triumph in the election puts him in a psychologically strong postion. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

As the smoke clears from the election battlefield, pressure mounts from sections of the media, as well as from elements of the left and Sinn Féin (tho(...)

Paschal Donohoe: Under pressure to retain his seat in Dublin Central

The substantial churn of TDs at the last general election saw a number of ministers lose their seats. The biggest ever cull of office-holders conduct(...)