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Joan Burton  outside Leinster House  after the announcement that Enda Kenny had been voted in as Taoiseach. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock nominated Enda Kenny for the fourth time as Taoiseach in the Dáil, as talks continued behind the scenes on Friday to secure the(...)

  Pat Deering: “It’ll be perceived, rightly or wrongly, as power at all costs and the re-election of Enda at all costs.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Suspending water charges could be seen as Fine Gael and Enda Kenny seeking to hold on to power “at all costs”, a party backbencher said last night. (...)

Face-off: participants in the Robinhoodtax.ie protest wear Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin masks outside the Dáil. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

All afternoon, they sat and faced each other across the floor as a pointless dance went on around them. Enda Kenny, when not looking vaguely in Miche(...)

Just one Independent TD - Michael Lowry - supported Enda Kenny in the Dáil vote for taoiseach on Wednesday afternoon. As expected, the acting Taoisea(...)

Maura Healy-Rae will be co-opted to take the council seat of her father Danny, centre, and join her brother Johnny, left, on Kerry County Council. Photograph: Don MacMonagle.

Dozens of vacancies in local authorities created by the election of councillors to the 32nd Dáil are to be filled this week. The new councillors will(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen, ‘superb displays of shape throwing and mandate-standing in the ‘bruiserweight’ category’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Hello, and welcome to Leinster House for the 2016 Shape-Throwing Championships. You join us today as the preliminary stages come to a close. And wha(...)

Sinn Féin candidate Kathleen Funchion in the groove with partner Eddie Wall during Strictly Let’s Dance Callan, which was held at the same time as the count for the Carlow/Kilkenny election seats. Funchion went on to take a Dáil seat but not the dance title. Photograph: Pat Moore

Some of the crowd at the count in Carlow-Kilkenny thought Sinn Féin’s Kathleen Funchion was being a bit presumptuous when she sashayed into the Cillin(...)

Noel Rock after his election  in Dublin North West at the count centre in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

New Dublin North West TD Noel Rock (28) defied a poor Government showing in getting elected, and won a seat in a constituency that has not had a Fine (...)

Josepha Madigan TD talks to beaten FG running mate Alan Shatter. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Fine Gael’s performance in the capital marked something of a bright spot for the party as it lost ground elsewhere across the country. It is now the m(...)

 Fianna Fáil candidate Mary Hanafin canvasses resident Frank McGee  in the Park area of Cabinteely, in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown constituency. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On a cold, wet, dark February night five years ago, I drove out to Blanchardstown to meet a young Fianna Fáil councillor, David McGuinness. I was doin(...)

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