Pat Deering: “It’ll be perceived, rightly or wrongly, as power at all costs and the re-election of Enda at all costs.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Suspending water charges could be seen as Fine Gael and Enda Kenny seeking to hold on to power “at all costs”, a party backbencher said last night. (...)

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(...)

Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle and Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan will both run for the position of Ceann Comhairle.

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan and Fine Gael TDs Andrew Doyle and Bernard Durkan are to run for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Ms O’Sullivan is (...)

 Fianna Fáil TD Seán O’Fearghail. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Seán O’Fearghail is the party’s candidate for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Mr O’Fearghail was chosen at a parliamentary party mee(...)

Sinn Féin will make gains but they may also lose out where they were expected to win.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Elections should be looked at through the prism of Star Wars series. You always know that no matter how dramatic one episode ends, there’s another one(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Seán Fleming topped the poll in Laois with one of the country’s largest quotas while re-elected Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan described (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Abi Boxshall (2), from Lucan, at the  launch of Standing Up For Families, Labour’s plan for quality and affordable childcare. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has pledged significant reductions in childcare costs if the Labour Party is returned to Government. Launching the plan along wi(...)

Eir is awaiting to hear whether the Department of Communications has accepted its proposal to connect  300,000 homes to its new fibre broadband network. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Telecoms firm Eir will find out next week whether the Department of Communications has accepted its proposal to supply fibre broadband to 300,000 hom(...)

Former junior minister John Perry has outlined why he should he included on the Fine Gael general election ticket. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former junior minister John Perry received a round of applause at a meeting of Fine Gael TDs and Senators after he outlined why he should he included (...)

Michael Healy-Rea: report said he hid ‘behind the veneer of a friendly/simple country yokel’ but was ‘unbeatable electorally’. It claimed he had a ‘vicious temper . . . he is not like his more collegial father in that regard.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has accused Fine Gael of “looking down their nose” at him after party strategy documents accused him of hiding beh(...)