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It had been assumed that Micheál Martin would be taoiseach first but some in Fine Gael now think Leo Varadkar should remain in place to deal with Covid-19. Photograph: Niall Carson/AFP via Getty Images

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are discussing who should be taoiseach first – Micheál Martin or Leo Varadkar – in any coalition between the parties, Mr Var(...)

Alan Kelly expressed a view that was in line with the ‘thrust’ of the general attitude of the meeting, according to a source. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A private meeting of Labour TDs has reiterated the party’s position that it should go into opposition rather than enter government. The six party TDs(...)

Fianna Fail  TD  Cathal Crowe canvassing in Milltown Malbay , Co Clare  during the general election campaign. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has faced a call from one of his newly elected TDs to form a national government rather than enter coalition with Fi(...)

The Seanad election count takes place next week. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Seanad will not be properly constituted from next week, political party leaders have been told. Secretary General of the Government Martin Frase(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on the Dáil plinth on Monday  afternoon. Photograph Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

More information should be provided on the location of clusters and cases of coronavirus around the country, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has sai(...)

A healthcare worker at  Shamrock Rovers’ Tallaght Stadium in Dublin which is being used as a testing centre for Covid-19 (Coronavirus). Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned of an “exponential increase” in cases of coronavirus as the confirmed number in the Republic reached 223, and in the(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: ‘In moments like this you just have to step up to the plate.’ Photograph: Fran Veale

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said government formation talks must be expedited as he suggested a coalition could be formed with Fine Gael eve(...)

Both party leaders  released a joint statement on Monday night  saying they discussed a ‘variety of policy issues’. Photographs: Gareth Chaney/Collins & Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin are expected to meet again today as a coalition between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, the Green(...)

Micheál Martin faced a stormy meeting of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party on Thursday, with calls for him to open government discussions with Sinn Féin rather than just talking to Fine Gael and others. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A new grassroots group in Fianna Fáil has organised to oppose moves to form a coalition between the party and Fine Gael. The group – calling itself G(...)

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 (...)

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