Katherine Zappone TD has already voted to support Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael will this weekend attempt to lock down the support of an additional six to 10 Independent TDs in order to secure Enda Kenny’s re-election a(...)

Fine Gael’s Frances Fitzgerald and Michael Noonan on their way into talks with Fianna Fáil on forming the next government, at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Potential future reductions in the Universal Social Charge will focus on low- and middle-income earners, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have agreed in thei(...)

“As the efforts to form a minority government reach a conclusion, the thoughts of Independents are naturally turning to finalising the best deals they can get.” File photograph: Getty Images

Over the past few interminable weeks, Independent TDs have solemnly intoned that their talks about Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael were solely focused on n(...)

 Independent TD Mattie McGrath:  “There has to be a written agreement on how a minority government will function.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Independent Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath has said he may oppose all nominations for taoiseach in Thursday’s Dáil vote if there is no deal for a minori(...)

 Michael Healy Rae (left) and his brother Danny. Michael Healy Rae  has said that Irish Water is the ‘elephant in the room’ during the government formation talks. Photograph/The Irish Times

An Independent TD has said the issue of Irish Water is the “elephant in the room” in all the negotiations with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Independen(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. In 2011 Senators resisted his attempts to get long-standing Senators to stand down

The prospect of a minority government failing to control the new Seanad could influence Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to consider a coalition deal, source(...)

Maura Healy-Rae will be co-opted to take the council seat of her father Danny, centre, and join her brother Johnny, left, on Kerry County Council. Photograph: Don MacMonagle.

Dozens of vacancies in local authorities created by the election of councillors to the 32nd Dáil are to be filled this week. The new councillors will(...)

GAA All-Star hurler Joe Canning, whose brother Ivan is set to take a seat on Galway County Council. File photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

A member of one of the best-known GAA families in the country is about to enter politics. Ivan Canning, older brother of All-Star hurlers Joe and Oll(...)

 Members of the Independent Alliance (from left) Micheal Fitzmaurice, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, Shane Ross, Finian McGrath, Sean Canney speak to reporters at  Leinster House after meeting Micheál Martin. Photo: Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has shown “more energy” than Taoiseach Enda Kenny as talks between political parties continue, leading Independent A(...)

Michael Fitzmaurice: “There’s an awful lot of shadow boxing and lot of old BS”

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is unlikely to persuade any Independent TD to back his nomination for the position of taoiseach when the Dáil recon(...)