Taoiseach Enda Kenny says his party will “formulate a set of principles that will guide Fine Gael participation in a future government”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/Irish Times

At a glance: 156 out of 158 seats have been filled, 39 out of 40 constituencies complete and there was a 65 per cent national turnout. Water on table(...)

A garda outside the Regency Airport Hotel over the weekend, after the shooting of David Byrne on February 5th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

In the wake of the fatal shooting at the Regency Hotel, the criminal links of the young man shot dead and those who targeted him have focused attentio(...)

Frances Fitzgerald and Simon Harris at the Fine Gael Ardfheis at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin is more familiar with “abdication” than “coronation”, Minister of State Simon Harris has told the Fine Gael Ardfheis(...)

 Catherine Byrne TD:    memo said she was in “absolute shock” and “visibly upset” after she was  “verbally accosted”   by a member of the public. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leinster House is to increase security measures, including installing a scanning system for all visitors, after a “material escalation in the level of(...)

Former lord mayor of Dublin Catherine Byrne was speaking during a six-hour debate on the Civil Debt Bill. File photograph: Frank Miller

A Government backbencher has fiercely defended cuts to the lone parent’s allowance and the legislation to enforce payment from “won’t pay” debtors. Fi(...)

The site of the proposed National Children’s Hospital, at St.James’s Hospital, in Dublin 8. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The new chairman of St James’s Hospital says those opposing the new location of the proposed National Children’s Hospital need to “shut up” and “move (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘At the moment there are more pressing demands on the health service.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he would like to see IVF made available through the public health system “in principle” but said there were (...)

Tom Hartnett from Co Cork making his point at an Age Action Q&A forum at the Aisling Hotel in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Many older people are struggling to afford to heat their homes and pay for medical care, a public meeting in Dublin has heard. Around 200 people atten(...)

Catherine Murphy TD (Independent) says that people needing housing assistance will have been “abandoned to the private sector”

The controversial new Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), which is to replace rent allowance from next year, will not work as promised without a major s(...)

Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne: “It would do us all good to go and walk up and down the stairs in those complexes today and see the appalling state that tenants are living in.” Photograph: Alan Betson

A Government backbencher has hit out at local authorities for what she described as their failure to create proper living conditions in some estate(...)

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