Minister Eamon Ryan, Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Julian Behal

The first Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll to be conducted since the coalition government took office three months ago contains a reality check, some encou(...)

Approval ratings for the Government and all the main party leaders have fallen, the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll has found, as the pande(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said she had replied to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s and wanted to speak to everyone. Photographs: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA & Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Talks between Sinn Féin and Fine Gael are likely after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he had written to Sinn Féin offering talks and its party leader Mar(...)

A speaker drew applause at the rally when he told Stormont finance minister Conor Murphy he had nothing to apologise for. File photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

The Stormont finance minister Conor Murphy was told he had absolutely nothing to apologise for when he attended a Sinn Féin rally in Newry on Wednesda(...)

Sinn Féin leader  Mary Lou McDonald: “I think it’s much healthier to involve people, to report back to them, to take people’s questions, to listen to them, to listen to people’s ideas.” Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said the idea that public meetings held by her party are “an affront to democracy” is “ridiculous”. An estimat(...)

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(...)

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