Fine Gael is hopeful of retaining the support of the Labour Party for Enda Kenny in any vote for taoiseach. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fine Gael is making progress in efforts to convince Independents and small parties to back a minority government on the basis of an agreed programme a(...)

Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghín Ó Caolaín, Eoin Ó Broin and Mary Lou McDonald: Sinn Féin favours the abolition of Irish Water and water charges. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire

Sinn Féin wants to establish an independent commission to examine the best way to deliver water services, but does not believe its outcome would be t(...)

Michael McGrath is one of four TDs on Fianna Fáil’s negotiating team. File photograph: Collins.

Fianna Fáil has selected a four-strong negotiating team to talk to other political parties and Independent TDs about government formation. A senior (...)

Fine Gael leader  Taoiseach Enda Kenny: his party, which proposed a graduate tax in its 2011 general election manifesto, is broadly supportive of a student loan scheme. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Politicians are quick to praise the role of higher education in Ireland. Our universities, they say, are creating jobs, raising living standards and g(...)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: “It’s painful but it’s not the end of the world. It’s about going back to basics”

Sinn Féin’s Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, after his defeat to Thomas Pringle in Donegal, learned two lessons from the axioms respectively attributed to the (...)

Charlie McConalogue, Fianna Fáil spokesman on education

Education spokesman for most of the last Dáil, Charlie McConalogue’s first Fianna Fáil frontbench position was as spokesman on children. In a decimate(...)

Irish Water logo. A Fianna Fáil Senator has  claimed that Irish Water was a Fine Gael idea.

Irish Water was a Fine Gael idea and Fianna Fáil never made any decisions about creating a water utility while in government, the opposition party has(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue (above) has 17 per cent support in the opinion poll in Donegal. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil look poised to land a shock result in the general election by taking two seats out of five in the new constituency of Donegal, according t(...)

Former tánaiste Mary Coughlan. “She sent a very clear message that we cannot leave any stone unturned and to get the maximise vote for Fianna Fáil”

Former tánaiste Mary Coughlan has launched Pat “the Cope” Gallagher’s election campaign. Ms Coughlan, who lost her seat in the 2011 general election,(...)

Fianna Fáil education spokesman Charlie McConalogue said the party would introduce a selection criteria for oversubscribed schools based on locality and newly designated catchment areas.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil will introduce a new school admissions policy to give priority to students based on their proximity to school if elected to government. T(...)

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