Water protest: It would be only a small step after water charges were “suspended” to consider the same for, say, electricity bills, and then to widen the approach to other unpopular levies. Photograph: Eric Luke

As further details have emerged of the negotiations between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to allow the formation of a government and the suspension of wat(...)

Differences are understood to centre on health, rural Ireland, childcare and education and rent allowance

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin are expected to personally decide within days whether any agreement between their tw(...)

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(...)

Turning Irish Water back into a State agency means it will never be an independent entity and thus its finances will always be fully on the State books. Photograph: Thinkstock

Analysis Cliff Taylor There were two reasons to set up Irish Water, The first was to create a single structure to oversee and coordinate investment (...)

 FF leader Micheál Martin: “We will agree to a process which can allow a [minority] government to be formed and for that government to have reasonable security based on a fully transparent framework.” Photograph: Eric Luke

In recent days, senior Fianna Fáil figures, including party leader Micheál Martin, have said publicly that negotiations with Fine Gael on government f(...)

 Denis Naughten: said progress must be made  before non-party deputies show their hands for either Enda Kenny or Micheál Martin. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

An Independent TD being courted by both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil has said the two parties must reach agreement on how a minority government can work,(...)

Some senior Fine Gael figures have joked in recent days that they never envisaged being pulled so far to the left

The talks between Independents and Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have been characterised by some as a useless exercise designed to stall the inevitable mo(...)

Acting Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has warned that health overspending could eliminate the next government’s ability to deliver many tax cuts and policy pledges. File photograph: Julien Warnand

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has warned that health overspending could eliminate the next government’s ability to deliver many tax cuts and pol(...)

Developers require financing up front if they are to embark on projects, affordable finance. Photograph: Bloomberg

The new government must adopt a new approach, new ideas and new structures if the housing crisis is to be addressed. Multifaceted and complex problem(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: due to meet the Green Party, Independent Alliance and a group of rural TDs. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Separate talks on government formation between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail and Independent TDs will continue on Wednesday amid signs of growing momentu(...)