Fine Gael TD’s Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney, Paschal Donohoe, Frances Fitzgerald and Michael Noonan speaking to journalists after leaving talks on the formation of a government between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have agreed the outline of a deal on Irish Water that should allow a minority government to be put in place next week. At t(...)

Enda Kenny wants to afford Labour time to reconsider its decision to go into opposition, while Micheál Martin’s FF will abstain only when it becomes clear that the acting Taoiseach has the required support

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on a framework for the operation of a minority government will resume today as pressure grows for a resolution(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Herb Street Cafe, Grand Canal, Dublin, ahead of the election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane said the possibility of the Labour party considering re-entering coalition was a “nightmare” government scenario that “wi(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton at Herb Street Cafe, Grand Canal, Dublin, ahead of the election. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Labour Ministers and TDs will speak to their constituency members this weekend about a possible return to government with Fine Gael. Following inten(...)

There is increasing pressure on acting Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin to declare that he will stand for the leadership of the Labour Party. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

There is increasing pressure on acting Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin to declare that he will stand for the leadership of the Labour P(...)

 Willie Penrose said he believed the Labour party had been linked too much to the outgoing Government and talk about the economic recovery. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Labour TD Willie Penrose has signalled that party leader Joan Burton must step down, saying he believes that she will “act in the best interests of th(...)

Acting Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Brendan Howlin: a leadership election must take place within six months of a general election. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The writing has been on the wall for Joan Burton since the results of the general election began to trickle through. A government party with 37 seats(...)

Willie Penrose and James Bannon before the final count Longford-Westmeath count finally ended early on Thursday morning. Photograph: John McCauley.

It was the worst election in the Labour Party’s 104-year history, made even bleaker by the prospect of losing Dáil speaking rights. The junior Coalit(...)

Willie Penrose: former Labour “super junior” Minister was persuaded to run by senior party figures

Willie Penrose (59) has been a Labour TD since 1992 when he became the first Labour TD in the constituency since the early years of the State. It took(...)

Willie Penrose with  Labour’s Joe Revington at the count centre in Longford. Photograph: Michelle Ghee

Willie Penrose has said that nobody should write off the Labour party after he retained his seat in Longford-Westmeath and ensured the party’s speakin(...)