Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil  have looked at the workings of  minority governments in countries such as Denmark, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Scotland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Advisers supporting the negotiating teams for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have spent the last eight weeks scurrying around doing in-depth research on h(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Newry and Armagh – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

On paper, there is a possibility of change in Newry and Armagh - though not in the way the seats will be divided between the two religious traditions(...)

 Fine Gael’s negotiating team leaving talks in TCD on Tuesday. L to R:   Leo Varadkar, Frances Fitzgerald, Paschal Donohue and Simon Coveney. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

In a year’s time Dáil deputies might look back at those 60 intractable, problematic and tedious days it took to form a government and think to themsel(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said Fianna Fáil would be “off the hook” on the issue of water charges if it allowed a vote in the Dáil on a motion t(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including Foyle – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Foyle, which is essentially Greater Derry, has remained one of the few SDLP outposts in the face of a rising Sinn Féin tide elsewhere in Northern Irel(...)

Deputy First Leader of Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, outside the GPO on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Sunday, April 24th,  where the party  hosted a pageant leading up to a re-enaction of the reading there of the Proclamation by Patrick Pearse.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has contended his party is the only one committed to achieving Irish unity. Mr McGuinness said the biggest challenge fa(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the 2016 party ardfheis  in Dublin. Mr Adams has been the party’s leader for three decades now - and counting. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The queen reached a landmark birthday during the week when she turned 90. Here, we have our own equivalent of a very long, uninterrupted reign. It’s(...)

Joan Burton’s party took a trouncing in the general election. If it goes into government, what’s to prevent its support haemorrhaging even further, to the point of extinction? File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Delegates at the Labour Party national conference in January had no intimation of the storm that was brewing up on the horizon. Sure, a number of d(...)

Emmet Stagg: The former Kildare North Labour deputy  said entering a government arrangement would be disastrous for Labour and the idea should be opposed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There is large-scale opposition among Labour’s elected representatives to involvement in a Fine Gael-led minority government. A clear majority of th(...)

While Labour is cool on coalition, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have discussed the future of Irish Water and the charges

Opinion in the Labour Party has hardened against another coalition with Fine Gael, with strong indications that party members will reject such a propo(...)