Jim O Callaghan

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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the Dail with Lisa Chambers, Dara Calleary, Charlie McConalogue, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony and Mary Butler. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was urged by his parliamentary party members yesterday to allow them abstain in next week’s vote for taoiseach. Mr (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the Dáil with Dara Calleary, Charlie McConalogue, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony and Mary Butler, after his party rejected Fine Gael’s proposal for government. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Another election in the coming months is now a distinct possibility following a bitter breakdown in relations between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil over t(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. The party will hold an all-day meeting with the group of five rural Independents. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Meetings to discuss a possible new government will continue today as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil intensify their efforts to woo Independent TDs in advan(...)

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 (...)

 Kate O’Connell (Fine Gael) and Jim O’Callaghan (Fianna Fail), who were both elected in Dublin Bay South, at the count centre in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke

Legal adviser to Fianna Fáil on a voluntary basis, barrister and councillor Jim O’Callaghan retrieved the seat the party lost in the economic meltdown(...)

Sinn Féin will make gains but they may also lose out where they were expected to win.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Elections should be looked at through the prism of Star Wars series. You always know that no matter how dramatic one episode ends, there’s another one(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan  at the count centre in the RDS after his election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has been elected to the Dáil in Dublin Bay South, joining deputy leader Catherine Martin from Dublin Rathdown, to secure(...)

The Government has ‘claimed credit for jobs they did not create’, says Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen accused the government parties of running a campaign based on “fear and smear”. Mr Cowen said Fianna F(...)

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