The first sitting of the 33rd Dáil in Leinster House this week. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Sooner or later, two of the three big parties will get into negotiation on a new programme for government, trying to drag in a couple of the smaller p(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaking to media in Cabra, Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has retrenched his position on not holding talks with Sinn Féin in a phone call with the party’s leader Mary Lou McD(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Some of the party’s TDs have said that Fianna Fáil should be open to discussions with Sinn Féin, but others are strongly against such a move. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is expected to tell his TDs today that he will not reverse his position on entering government with Sinn Féin. Mr M(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Stephen Donnelly, elected  in the Wicklow Count Centre, Greystones.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Counts have concluded in 39 general election constituencies, narrowly making Fianna Fáil  the largest party in the 33rd Dáil. Micheál Marti(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald at the launch of the party’s general election manifesto in Dublin.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin yesterday unveiled plans for a dramatic increase in public spending, funded by billions of euros in tax increases on business and the better(...)

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald  said the party would not be in government unless that government undertook to prepare for a united Ireland. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin has pledged huge increases in spending on housing, health, childcare, education, social welfare and public transport in a manifesto that pro(...)

 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald   will outline the party manifesto on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A new 5 per cent tax on people earning over €140,000, as well as other tax rises for those earning above €100,000, will form a key part of Sinn Féin’s(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has signed a pledge, along with all of her party’s candidates, to be guided by instructions from its ruling body - (...)

 Leader Mary Lou McDonald at Sinn Féin’s general election candidate launch in the Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Absence makes the heart grow fonder One clear winner emerged in the first televised face-off between Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin – and it was nei(...)

Everybody in the Dáil, from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar down, agrees carers are marvellous.  Photograph: Fran Veale

The figures trip lightly off the tongue. Three hundred million. Four hundred and fifty six million. Eighteen point three million. Thirty million. Eigh(...)

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