From left: Independent TDs Boxer Moran Seán Canney, Shane Ross and Micheal Fitzmaurice pictured at government buildings. The suggestion that some of the Independents could be part of a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil dominated government is creative.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

After 40 days and 40 nights of “government formation for slow learners” we have finally got to the intensive stage of real engagement between the two (...)

Labour Party activists are dismayed by their rejection at the polls. Some TDs who lost their seats are in denial concerning the reasons for their dism(...)

March 21st, 1916 Yesterday afternoon a large meeting of ratepayers of Dublin was held at the rooms of the Citizens’ Association, Dawson Street, to(...)

Chief Justice of Ireland Susan Denham during a sitting to commemorate the late Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman at the Supreme Court, Dublin. Photograph: Courts Collins

A chair was left empty at a special sitting of the Supreme Court yesterday in memory of Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman (64), who died suddenly at his Dub(...)

Catherine Murphy TD with candidates Anne-Marie McNally and Glenna Lynch. Photograph: Eric Luke

Catherine Murphy (Social Democrats) was first elected to the Dáil in March 2005 in the byelection to replace departing EU commissioner Fianna Fail’s C(...)

  Cathedral Square, Letterkenny. Photograph: Declan Doherty

At a wintry bus-stop in Letterkenny on Friday evening, waiting for McGinley’s 5.45pm service to Dublin, I found myself marvelling at the sheer, sprawl(...)

The on-again, off-again Anglo-Irish affair known as the peace process was going through one of its more tempestuous phases yesterday. The we(...)

After a month of negotiations a new Fianna Fail-Labour government was formed on January 12th, 1993, 48 days after the election. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

In light of this week’s Irish Times poll it is worth remembering that a week is a long time in politics, and the weeks between an election an(...)

Greek voters returned Alexis Tsipras to power with a strong election victory on Sunday. Photograph: Michalis Karagiannis/Reuters

As they made their way to cast their ballot in the 72nd primary school in central Athens, some voters were frank in admitting they still had to make u(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden: still weighing up whether his family can cope with the rigours of a national campaign

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s clumsy handling of the controversy over her use of a private email address as secretary of state has left some Democrats unsu(...)