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Earlier this year, before things turned poisonous between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, we reported on an outbreak of generous collegiality between the t(...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney:  said he would not sign or introduce a Bill that brought forward measures he believed to be illegal.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fine Gael has ruled out facilitating any legislation from Opposition parties to completely abolish water charges. Minister for Housing Simon Coveney(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

If there is one thing that stirs the political loins of the ordinary Fianna Fáiler, it is the thought of Fine Gael “arrogance”. Into that always ope(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness: ‘The country has to come first and the electorate has spoken.’  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

Two Fianna Fáil TDs have called on their party to consider entering coalition with Fine Gael for the good of the country. Carlow-Kilkenny TDs John M(...)

The 32nd Dáil is set for deadlock on the election of a new taoiseach on Thursday  when it meets for the first time. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

The 32nd Dáil is set for deadlock on the election of a new taoiseach today when it meets for the first time but agreement is expected on a mechanism t(...)

Election 2016: The campaign has been in wind-down since the last televised leaders’ debate. Photograph: REUTERS/Darren Staples

Deep breath - we’re nearly there. The broadcast moratorium kicks in at 2pm today, bringing silence and the chance to reflect. The campaign has been i(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Labour leader and tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the first Cabinet meeting of the 31st Dáil on March 9th, 2011. Photograph: PA

Fine Gael and Labour went into coalition on March 9th, 2011, with a massive majority and leave office with just a very large one. Their 30-seat surpl(...)

“In order to survive Labour TDs will have to get enough first preference votes to keep their heads above water for long enough to benefit from transfers.”

Sinn Féin’s attempt to promote an election transfer pact with other antiwater-charge campaigners highlights the important role vote transfers will pla(...)

Patrick McKee canvassing in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Almost €30,000 was spent by Lucinda Creighton’s Renua Ireland party in its first attempt to have a candidate elected to the Dáil in the Carlow-Kilkenn(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen at Leinster House for his appearance before the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interesting remarks by Charlie McCreevy and Brian Cowen this week at the Oireachtas banking inquiry about that infamous Fianna Fáil tent at the Galway(...)

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