Luxembourg’s finance minister Pierre Gramegna, Spain’s Minister for economic affairs Nadia Calvino and Ireland’s Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Javier Soriano,Emmanuel Dunand, Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Spanish said to be seething as small nations choose Irishman over ‘favourite’ candidate

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: Perhaps he will never be forgiven by his own party for showing it how it had to change to regain power. Photograph:  Maxwells

Unless party pulls itself together, it will fail to withstand challenges of government

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and president of the Eurogroup:  “What I will do is continue to find the balance between . . . what is right for Europe and for Ireland overall.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister will lead euro-zone finance team in funding cost of pandemic and recovery

First Minister Arlene Foster announced the planned trip to Northern Ireland of Taoiseach Micheál Martin at a press conference on Thursday. Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

First Minister ‘very much looking forward’ to welcoming Taoiseach to Northern Ireland

Contenders for the post of president of the Eurogroup: (from left) Luxembourg’s finance minister Pierre Gramegna, Spain’s minister for economic affairs Nadia Calviño  and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Finance seeks election in contest with Luxembourg and Spanish counterparts

Taoiseach Micheál Martin acknowledged that the structures of the party should be improved. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Parliamentary party meeting hears Taoiseach acknowledge many were disappointed with his selection of ministers

Taoiseach Micheál Martin arriving at the Convention Centre to take Leader’s Questions at the Dáil session on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Scheduling difficulty’ cited by Government as reason for cancellation of trip

  Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he would take a ‘pragmatic’ approach and seek to promote ‘practical’ co-operation between North and South. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach seeks ‘practical’ co-operation and intends to ‘rejuvenate’ North-South relations

New Taoiseach Micheál Martin. One of the advantages of Government is you get to control the agenda a lot of the time. A week and a half in office and Martin’s administration has yet to demonstrate it can do so. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

Micheál Martin’s first Leaders’ Questions as Taioseach something of a damp squib

 Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne:  “Ministerial appointments should be on the basis of ability regardless of where a person represents.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Malcolm Byrne scrutinised line-up of every Cabinet since 1922 in terms of constituencies

Dublin TD Jim O’Callaghan:  critical that Fianna Fáil has not secured the justice or foreign affairs portfolios and warns the party’s voice on Brexit and Northern Ireland will be diminished. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Full Dáil sits this week for first time since before election

Passengers arrive at Dublin Airport. The belief in Government is that it cannot prevent people from going abroad on holiday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Publication of ‘green list’ of safe countries postponed amid fears of virus resurgence

President Michael D Higgins presents the new Ministers with their seals of office. Photograph: Maxwells

Martin at helm for week of scrambling and dispute as politics overshadows governing

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport Eamon Ryan in Dublin Castle on Monday. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Micheál Martin is in a hurry, the left is licking its lips, and ‘Maschal’ is a thing

Josepha Madigan has been appointed a Minister of State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Jack Chambers and Niall Collins appointed Ministers of State as Jim O’Callaghan and Joe McHugh turn down roles

A passenger in the departures area of Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Alan Betson

Authorities unlikely to tell airlines to cancel flights or ban foreign travel

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Public sector pay increases to proceed as review warns of €25bn hit to public purse

New Fine Gael TD Jennifer Carroll MacNeill could be in line for a quick promotion. She has worked in different government departments as an adviser, is close to Leo Varadkar and is a strong media performer. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Party leaders yet to finalise list of ministers of State, but there will be disappointments

 Chief Whip Dara Calleary  leaveing Dublin Castle following the Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach says role of chief whip is extremely important in a ‘tripartite Government’

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin and party leader Eamon Ryan announcing  that the Green Party will enter government with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. Screengrab

Ballot papers will be sent out to party members in the first week of July, with July 22nd the final date for the return of ballots

 Chief whip Dara Calleary  leaving Dublin Castle following a Cabinet meeting on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

No senior Cabinet post for the Mayo TD seems an avoidable stumble for Fianna Fáil

Hazel Chu (centre) becomes Lord Mayor of Dublin. Photograph: Michael Pidgeon

Not enough to be ‘not racist, we must be anti-racist,’ says councillor, who speaks of her heritage

President Michael D Higgins presents new Ministers with their seals of office. Photograph: Maxwells

Ministers must quickly bend operations of government to their will and deadlines

New Taoiseach Micheál Martin travelled to Cork on Sunday where he was greeted by his family and neighbours in an emotional homecoming. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Some FF TDs unhappy at inclusion of Stephen Donnelly, Norma Foley in Cabinet

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the Dáil after his election. Photograph: Oireachtas

Nine Independent TDs support new Government as Dáil sits in Convention Centre due to social distancing requirements

The Greens are not sure whether they are part of the radical side of Irish politics or whether they want to be a special case. Photograph: Alan Betson

The dividing line is now - do you favour radical or more moderate change?

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin after announcing his party members voted for the programme for government. Photograph: Damien Eagers/PA

Martin to form government, after parties’ members vote to endorse coalition deal

The result is  a spectacular vindication for Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, above. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: A government will be now formed with a reasonable shot at lasting a full term

 Eoghan Murphy is expected to take up a position which will link the Fine Gael party organisation and the parliamentary party. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Eamon Ryan set to head up new department responsible for climate and transport

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met on Thursday to discuss the structure of the proposed new government. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/Damien Eagers/Leon Farrell/PA Wire

Leo Varadkar predicts the three parties will vote convincingly for government deal

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan before government-formation talks at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Greens set to have four TDs at cabinet table if they enter coalition

Senators will argue on Wednesday that there is no constitutional impediment to the summoning of a Seanad  with 49, rather than 60, members. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Senators are taking action over legislative crisis caused by delay in forming government

The National Oil Reserves Agency (Amendment) and Provision of Central Treasury Services Bill 2019 is being published by Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton, who said the State had an “enormous transition” to make

Fund will use levy on oil companies to invest in green projects over the next decade

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: engaged in intensive campaigning at the weekend to persuade  membership to back the coalition programme.    Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fine Gael sources say they would not govern with Fianna Fáil if Greens turn down deal

A man wearing a protective face mask walking past signage advising the use of face coverings. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Data shows clusters in private houses now at 323 from 241 – an increase of 34% in a week

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: “I don’t believe it would be possible or in the national interest to go into another prolonged negotiation process”

Ryan argues the deal is the best one available, and will enable historic progress on climate action

Some say he is a ditherer, others a ruthless operator. We will soon find out who is right

Failure to agree a government would pitch the country into a major political crisis next weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pat Leahy: We are poised at decisive moment which may shape Dáil direction for years

FF deputy leader Dara Calleary said there has been very positive engagement and criticism had been less than was anticipated. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Expected antipathy in rural areas to Green Party over agriculture policy hardly featured

Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív told Fianna Fáil members the coalition would end up creating a political system with two large parties, but Fianna Fáil would not be one of them. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

In letter to party members O Cuív says there are alternatives to three-party coalition

Just 4% of Fianna Fáil voters and 4%  of Fine Gael voters nominated climate change as their number one priority.  Photograph: Getty Images

Choice for Greens is to take its winnings in the three-party coalition or risk them in pursuit of a ‘greener’ prize

The Green Party’s Ossian Smyth (left), pictured with other members of the party’s negotiating team Roderic O’Gorman and Neasa Hourigan at Leinster House last month. Photograph Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Hourigan voices ‘considerable’ concerns while Smyth cautions against ‘ideological approach’

Minister for Education  Joe McHugh said if two-metre social distancing remained in place, pupils would be able to go to school for only one day a week in September. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA Wire

Poll shows 88% say Government has done a good job handling Covid-19

Fianna Fáil leader and next taoiseach Micheal Martin leaves Government Buildings in Dublin after the Programme For Government was finalised. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have been supremely responsive to evolving whims of voters

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaves Government Buildings at the end of coalition talks on Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Numbers not so good for Martin while most Green voters support entering government

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin, and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/Damien Eagers/Leon Farrell/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar enjoys record ratings with Fine Gael surging since the election

There will be a review of the National Development Plan launched two year ago by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph:  Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Economy: The parties promise to ‘prioritise town centres’ and restore derelict buildings

Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan meet for talks on Government formation at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

The three party leaders remain locked in tense negotiations on final details of coalition deal

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin arrives for talks on government formation at Government Buildings on Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sunday’s draft agreement came after blame games and much bickering

A new scheme will seek to retrofit 500,000 homes by 2030 on a ‘aggregated’ model – meaning that certain towns or areas will be retrofitted at the same time to achieve economies of scale. File photograph: Frank Miller

‘Green new deal’ and ‘well-being indices’ are promised among other measures

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and his team arrive at Government Buildings.Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Party members will vote – and there’ll have to a tight deadline

Government formation, you’ll have noticed, is no longer so straightforward.  Pictured is Leinster House. Photograph: Alan Betson

Big party dominance is over and replaced by a fractured, uncertain political landscape

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with deputy leader Catherine Martin: senior Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil politicians do not know if Ms Martin will back the deal she has been negotiating over the past five weeks.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Frustration mounts around final sign-off of programme for government’s exact text

Ms Justice Mary Irvine is to be formally appointed to the post of president of the High Court following the Cabinet’s decision. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Irvine will be the first woman to lead the High Court in the history of the State

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan at Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

All three parties have entrenched opposition to any deal, but Ryan needs two-thirds in vote

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: told a Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting some ‘heavy lifting’ still needed to be done in the talks. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

FG, FF and Greens still talking as finance, carbon tax and pension age issues persist

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA

Sinn Féin insists there are ‘other options’ for government formation if current talks fail

Paschal Donohoe and Nadia Calviño (right), pictured with European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici, are both seen as strong contenders to lead the eurogroup following the resignation of Portugal’s Mário Centeno. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Minister is ‘very much liked’ in Brussels but availability for post will depend on new government

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan with deputy leader Catherine Martin: Prompting another general election would be an extraordinary gamble for the Greens. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

If the Greens don’t play ball, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil may soon be on a sticky wicket

Sources in all three parties agree the talks on forming a coalition government must reach a decisive stage this week. Photograph: Alan Betson / The  Irish Times

Agreement unlikely without interventions from the three party leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton: ‘It has taken time to get an understanding of what’s possible, and even that is still uncertain.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Election manifestos from February based on a world now ‘completely changed’, warns Minister

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan at Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

After unnecessarily long talks, the Greens will decide if any coalition deal will stand or fall

European commissioner for trade Phil Hogan and European Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

EU trade commissioner’s experience dealing with US seen a plus in bid for WTO role

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. The Greens have made it clear that the 7 per cent annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is a red line for the party in government formation talks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Arrangement would involve local deals and access to ministers but no ministerial posts

A protester shows a picture of George Floyd from her phone to a wall of security guards as she and others demonstrate near the White House, in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

Response should be to eliminate racism and inequality everywhere, Higgins says

Leo Varadkar: told his party a deal on government formation unlikely to  happen this week. Photograph: Reuters/Lorraine O’Sullivan/File Photo

Taoiseach tells FG parliamentary party it may be next week before deal is finalised

Green deputy leader Catherine Martin must decide by this weekend if she will challenge Eamon Ryan for the leadership. Photograph: Eric Luke

Legislative and political deadlines mean talks must finish by next week, senior figures say

Green Party TDs Ossian Smyth and Catherine Martin, and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Old truism that FF easily accepts policy demands, but FG digs in – is proving true again

Cyclists on Portmarnock Beach on Friday, as the warm weather continues. Reopening – and restarting economic activity – will involve risk. But so does every other course of action. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Government’s first decision will be reopening country as quickly as is sensible

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: EPA/Photocall Ireland

Differences also emerge between FF, FG and Greens over Land Development Agency

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Simon Coveney likely to offer gloomy prognosis to Ministers at meeting today

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris at a media breifing. File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Government appears to be looking for cover from Dr Tony Holohan

A quiet St Stephen's Green in Dublin on Wednesday. The ESRI has warned the economy is on track to shrink by more than 12 per cent this year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Green Party set to agree budget deficit reduction in second half of next government term

Senator Frances Black: “We have an opportunity; we can show leadership.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

FF, Greens want next government to introduce ban being strongly resisted by FG

 Grafton Street on Saturday, May 23rd: If cases and deaths continue to fall, some aspects of the July 20th opening could be brought forward to June 29th. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Easing plans for late July might be brought forward amid growing calls from business

In a letter sent to the National Bus and Rail Union Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the next government would want to review the Ireland 2040 capital development plan. Photograph: Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Varadkar wants to protect Dublin Metro, BusConnects from State spending reviews

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: likely to secure cabinet posts with responsibility for climate change, and a new, enlarged department responsible for housing, local government, transport and planning. Photograph: Eric Luke

Eamon Ryan’s party rejects suggestion it wants barrister Roderick Maguire in role

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty

Like every other member state, Ireland will have to accept trade-offs we do not like

 President Michael D Higgins warned against a return to austerity. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

President praises Cuba’s response to Covid-19 and backs push for ‘universal basic services’

Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe have warned of the need to control the budget deficit once the Covid-19 crisis passes. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Plan for deficit reduction will be required once growth returns, says Leo Varadkar

Another part of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s message  had not been heard in such plain terms before.

Clear marker on the limits of borrowing laid down by Taoiseach in the Dáil

The LVA said its figures suggest about 330 pubs will reopen at the third phase to serve food on their premises

Pubs are supposed to reopen in August, while restaurants are allowed to reopen from end of June

 Paschal Donohoe:  warned that the Government would face demands to increase regular job seekers’ benefits up to the level of the weekly Covid-19 unemployment payments. Photograph:  Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Over a third of recipients were paid less than €300 a week before payment was introduced

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: he  welcomed the British paper, but said a lot of technical discussions would be needed to flesh out the details of the plan.  Photograph: Getty Images

Government sources privately fear the North set to become Brexit battleground again

The UK has said they will expand some entry points for agrifood goods

EU says customs checks and controls on some goods from Britain required

Michael McNamara, chairman of the Dáil Covid-19 committee. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Body representing senior civil servants asks department heads for rights to be protected

Michael O’Hanlon and  Liam Cahill   at Howth Golf Club in Dublin on Monday, as golf courses reopen and Ireland cautiously begins to lift it’s coronavirus lockdown. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

‘Ever-present danger’ of further Covid-19 cases as Ireland partially lifts restrictions

This novel alliance could take some getting used to. Here’s how it could succeed

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  and Minister for Business Heather Humphreys at a Fine Gael press conference in  January. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Belief in party that it would do well whether talks succeed or not is probably over-optimistic

Health and safety officer Don Ponsonby erects warning signs at the Letterkenny Golf Club in Co Donegal ahead of its reopening. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Long-awaited easing of the Covid-19 lockdown to begin with people advised to wear face coverings

Swedish company Ikea confirmed on Friday it would not reopen its Dublin stores next week but would continue selling products online.

Ikea confirms it will not reopen in Ballymun and Carrickmines next week

 HSE staff member Heloise Imbert takes part in a testing exercise in Croke Park. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Greatest number of cases still concentrated in Dublin followed by Kildare and Cork

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘I can confirm that it is safe to proceed with phase one.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

Wearing of face coverings advised but not a legal requirement, says Taoiseach confirms

The CIÉ companies – Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann – are facing a cash crunch as fares have fallen by 90 per cent. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

RTÉ, Abbey Theatre, NCH, airports and universities seeking support

Britain’s Northern secretary Brandon Lewis told MPs  the issue was ‘under review’  and he hoped  travellers from Britain would be exempted from this requirement because of the Common Travel Area.  Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty Images

Travellers from Britain will have to self-isolate like everyone else, says spokesperson

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan is part of the group of Ministers charged with devising recommendations for those travelling to Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Ministers query practicality of quarantining people for 14 days at State facilities

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader says country needs government making long-term decisions

Eamon Ryan,  leader of the Green Party: the party has made the pledge to divert money from roads to public transport a centrepiece of its transport policy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

TII warns of limited available funding due to prior commitments and ongoing projects

It is hard to see how any responsible Irish government would not need to set the public finances on a path to sustainability next year. Photograph: iStock

Next administration will be as constrained as Labour-Fine Gael coalition after 2011 bailout

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