Independent TD John Halligan at Leinster House in Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Independent TDs indicated they will not allow differences over localised issues to derail agreement with Fine Gael over their participation in a minor(...)

Fine Gael party members Frances Fitzgerald, Leo Varadkar, Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe in Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is favourite to be appointed tánaiste by Enda Kenny if a Fine Gael-led minority government is put in place. M(...)

Axa chief executive John O’Neill:    meeting with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton  last October was arranged by Anthony Lavin, a Fine Gael councillor and customer care manager at Axa.  Photograph: Mac Innes.

A Fine Gael councillor who works with Axa Insurance sought a meeting for his boss with a Minister last year so the company could “explain the difficu(...)

Care providers have warned that neither parents or children will benefit if a childcare tax credit forms part of a deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the formation of a government. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Care providers have warned that neither parents or children will benefit if a childcare tax credit forms part of a deal between Fine Gael and Fianna F(...)

 Katherine Zappone: Independent TD who has already pledged  her support for Enda Kenny. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There are a couple of pieces of the jigsaw missing yet. With the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil parliamentary parties likely to approve the agreement on a (...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the GAA all-Ireland under 21 football championship final between Cork and Mayo in Ennis, Co Clare: Fine Gael hopes he will be elected Taoiseach this week. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Independent TDs have warned that their agreement on a programme for government this week cannot be taken for granted ahead of a meeting with Fine Gael(...)

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae: different stances on support for a minority Fine Gael government. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Healy-Rae brothers are taking different stances on support for a minority Fine Gael government. Newly-elected TD, Danny Healy-Rae says he will no(...)

Mr Inappropriate. Photograph: Thinkstock

When God rested and made men, she must never have envisaged something called dress-down Friday. Because if she had, she would never have made men lik(...)

Fianna Fáil agrees to support Fine Gael minority government until autumn 2018. Photograph: The Irish Times

The prospect of a much bigger budget giveaway in October than previously anticipated helped seal last night’s historic agreement between Fine Gael an(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny: courting Independents  to form minority government.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night assured Independent TDs a minority government led by his party would last. Mr Kenny attended a meeting with th(...)