Róisín Shortall TD said the traditional approach of majority rule in the Dáil could be improved upon. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Willie O’Dea is talking to the Sinn Féin delegation to see if he can strike a deal to make Micheál Martin taoiseach when in barges Michael Healy-Rae: (...)

In Switzerland, the only peaceful country to adopt an all-party administration, parliament uses a “magic formula” to give  parties seats  on the seven-person Federal Council.  Introduced in 1959, this “zauberformel” has worked quite well.

Every four years or so, democracy involves a change of parliament. Five million citizens cannot negotiate a new Dáil; there would be chaos; so we have(...)

Political factions have been encouraged to embrace power sharing internationally when facing ‘external threats which would negatively affect all communities in a country’, says political scientist Dr Dawn Walsh. Photograph: Getty Images

Eight weeks after polling day, the political options have narrowed to either a Fine Gael minority government supported grudgingly by Fianna Fáil for a(...)