Josepha Madigan has been appointed a Minister of State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Fianna Fáil TD has accused Taoiseach Micheál Martin of insulting him and his community by passing him over for a junior ministerial post. (...)

New Fine Gael TD Jennifer Carroll MacNeill could be in line for a quick promotion. She has worked in different government departments as an adviser, is close to Leo Varadkar and is a strong media performer. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Groups of TDs gathered around Leinster House and the National Convention Centre for nervous conversations about their prospects, conscious that they a(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar calls ties an ‘infection control issue’. Photograph: Peter Dazeley/iStock/Getty

Spare a thought for the humble tie. It hasn’t had the best publicity of late. You might even say it’s struggling for relevance in the age of coronavir(...)

Leo  Varadkar may give junior portfolios to some who will lose their Cabinet position. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens will appoint 20 ministers of state, known as junior ministers, if the coalition deal is ratified by their partie(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin arrives for talks on government formation at Government Buildings on Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson

There were times when some of the participants in the long-running negotiations between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens thought the process was (...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan celebrates with his sons, Jack and Tom, after he was elected in  Dublin Bay South on the first count. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

If you came fresh to the Green Party’s performance in the general election, you would be reaching for the superlatives. Here was a party that was vot(...)

 Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane has taken 38% of the first-preference vote. File photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Fine Gael has failed to have a TD elected in Waterford in a general election for the first time after a surge of left-leaning transfers handed the fou(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  after voting in Scoil Thomais in Castleknock, Dublin. His Fine Gael party is hoping to make gains in the local elections, although party figures do not expect it to overtake Fianna Fáil as the largest party in local government. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

While much of the attention of the past few weeks has centred on the outcome of the European elections, the local elections are regarded as a more acc(...)