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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Taoiseach Leo  Varadkar:  the pair  were in contact on Saturday night

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar objected directly to Micheál Martin about attacks by Fianna Fáil TDs on the Government before Fine Gael on Sunday released a st(...)

Labour Party TD Alan Kelly at Leinster House. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

A joint letter from Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael on government formation was sent to the Green Party on Tuesday evening. It is understood the letter wil(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: wants to “keep investing in those new houses, in the public transport, in the primary care centres and hospitals”.   Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

A new coalition between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will review the last government’s flagship national development plan, with capital spending seen as (...)

 Micheál Martin: he warned  a recession  from Covid-19 may be deeper and economic recovery slower than may have been initially expected

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will not present a “fait accompli” to other parties they want to join in government with them, Micheál Martin has said ahead(...)


A State childcare system would be run on a trial basis in selected areas of the country under plans being considered by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for (...)

Denis Naughten: the Regional Independent group is only interested in “forming a government that can last five years”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A senior Independent TD has said there is “no point” in non-party deputies entering coalition with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael unless it contains four p(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been  clear that a third party is needed, not just Independents, to form a new government. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

It has almost become a ritual at this stage: a dull paragraph landing in inboxes midweek to report the latest turn of the wheel in the slow bicycle ra(...)

Micheál Martin:  heard  several TDs voice criticism of  his  approach, with the disquiet spreading beyond those who are usually opposed to the Cork South Central TD. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is to face down pressure from within his party to open talks with Sinn Féin and will continue with efforts to form (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) raised the question of a grand coalition with Fianna Fáil during Wednesday night’s Virgin Media leaders’ debate with Micheál Martin.

Leo Varadkar raised the question of a grand coalition with Fianna Fáil during Wednesday night’s televised leaders’ debate; Micheál Martin answered it (...)

Climate change shouldn’t be an ‘issue’ at all, other than what to do about it. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Oddly, what’s wrong with our political system may have saved it from becoming worse. In many countries, politics has become increasingly tribal. You k(...)

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