Acting Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is to brief Independents on the costings of Fine Gael proposals on housing and other matters. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is proposing to reduce development levies to stimulate construction activity and to raise rent supplement by 10 per cent as part of effor(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the opening of the new visitor centre in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D. Higgins has pulled out of attending a civic dinner in Belfast to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising due to a lack of cross-p(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams hoists Senator Kathryn Reilly at the party’s 2012  ardfheis in Killarney. Photograph: Alan Betson

Outgoing Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly has said she feels “cast aside” by her party after defeated Donegal TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn was selected to(...)

Labour Party leader Joan Burton: Her hour-long conversation with Micheál Martin was described by a Labour source as very cordial and wide-ranging, with “no commitments sought or given”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Labour leader Joan Burton met yesterday evening as talks on government formation continue, but Labour has ruled(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny arriving at Government Buildings on Tuesday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin and Labour leader Joan Burton met on Tuesday evening as talks on government formation continue but Labour has ruled (...)

Denis Naughten: called for a “political partnership agreement”, along the lines of the social partnership agreements  in the 1980s. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Denis Naughten, the de facto leader of the group of rural Independents Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil which are seeking to woo, has accused the two parties(...)

“I don’t think any leader ever has 100 per cent backing in any organisation but after the meeting I think he [Enda Kenny] still has the support of the grassroots”

Enda Kenny’s position as Fine Gael leader remains secure for “the foreseeable future” despite strong criticism of the party leadership’s performance v(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Fine Gael have held talks to gauge support for potential minority government. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Fine Gael is intensifying the process of trying to build a broad rainbow coalition with the help of rural Independents after being “effectively rebuff(...)

Labour’s Aodhan O’Riordain who lost his Dáil seat in the general elecction has been selected to run for the party on the Seanad’s industrial and commercial panel. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Two ministers of State who lost their Dáil seats in the general election, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Kevin Humphreys, have been announced as the Labour Par(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “The careful management of the economy and the public finances must and will remain a priority.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

The State’s caretaker Government faces an immediate range of important issues and challenges including the preparation of a spring economic statement.(...)