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Social Democrats Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly say they would support policy and legislation deemed good for the country. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Social Democrats party says it could support a minority government on a case-by-case basis, despite last week ruling themselves out of serving in (...)

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(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to push for greater opposition input into how a budget is formed. File photograph: gareth chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to push for greater opposition input into how a budget is formed while not guaranteeing support for the measures (...)

Independent TD Michael Lowry told The Irish Times on Friday he will support Enda Kenny for taoiseach, making him the first Independent Deputy to commit to supporting either the acting Taoiseach or Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.  File photograph: Courts Collins

Independent Tipperary TD Michael Lowry has said he will support Enda Kenny when the Dáil again votes on candidates for taoiseach in the weeks ahead. (...)

Michael and Danny Healy-Rae on the bonnet of a jeep outside Leinster House as the 32nd Dáil met for the first time. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A minority government based on a binding agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil is emerging as the only realistic option following the failure of(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: expected to  again talk to Independents and smaller parties. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fine Gael would seek certain binding assurances from Fianna Fáil if the two parties were to enter into a minority government arrangement, a number of(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was approached by TDs seeking reassurance he is not contemplating coalition with Fine Gael, and he was said to be resolute in his determination he would not do so. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Usually when one force surrounds another and hopes to flush it out, an element of the siege involves throwing deeply unpleasant items over the enemy’s(...)

 Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall. The party  said it has had a constructive meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in which a number of key issues were discussed. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Social Democrats have told Taoiseach Enda Kenny they want to see a cross-party forum on political reform agreed before the Dáil holds its vote on (...)

Many in Fine Gael have acknowledged that its policy of outright abolition of the USC was not an electoral success. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

While Enda Kenny spent much of yesterday listening to the proposals of Independent TDs, recent days have seen others around Leinster House examine doc(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with fine Gael deputies on the plinth of at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has told Fine Gael TDs another general election within the next two years is likely. Mr Noonan made his comments(...)

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