Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with FF TDs as they arrive for the first day of the 32nd Dáil. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

They don’t like the term, “grand coalition”, the Fianna Fáil grassroots. There’s nothing grand at all about the idea of serving as a junior partner, o(...)

Social Democrats Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly say they would support policy and legislation deemed good for the country. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Social Democrats party says it could support a minority government on a case-by-case basis, despite last week ruling themselves out of serving in (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to give a report on the progress of government formation when the Dáil returns next Tuesday. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Dáil returns next Tuesday – yes! for one day only, folks! – when Enda Kenny is due to give a report on the progress of government formation. At t(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton  has said  there is no point in forming a minority government that could fall within a few months. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Any minority government led by Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil would need to have assurances from the non-governing party that it would be allowed to govern (...)

 Fine Gael Ministers have made it abundantly clear that they will not tolerate a deal that leaves Enda Kenny in power simply to have Fianna Fáil pull the plug at the most politically opportune time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It can’t be an anti-climax if nobody expected matters to reach a conclusion. The events in Leinster House yesterday played out more or less exactly a(...)

Fianna Fáil continues to insist it will not enter coalition with Fine Gael

The 32nd Dáil convenes today, an event that will see plenty of tradition, celebration and pomp but little in the way of power being passed on or retai(...)

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval was among the possible candidates President Barack Obama was considering appointing to the US Supreme Court, before ruling himself out. Photograph: Steve Keegan/Reuters

Democrats have called on Republicans to do their job and hold hearings to consider US president Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee to replace the l(...)

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has described criticisms of tribunals of inquiry made by former taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a “bit rich”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has described criticisms of tribunals of inquiry made by former taoiseach Bertie Ahern as a “bit rich” given that Fiann(...)

Post Publications investor and chief executive Paul Cooke (right) with acting editor Pat Leahy

The Sunday Business Post has advertised for a new editor using a large graphic of a QR code, which interested candidates can scan to their phones t(...)

Sunday Business Post editor Cliff Taylor.

The editor of the Sunday Business Post, Cliff Taylor, is stepping down after 10 years in the role. Political journalist Pat Leahy, the deputy e(...)