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Acting Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton leaving Leinster House, Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Tánaiste Joan Burton has told senior Labour Party figures she wants to stay on as party leader and has discussed a campaign to retain the leadership, (...)

 Matheson headquarters on Sir  Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson

Matheson, the Irish legal firm named in the Panama Papers, last year urged international regulators to water down proposed tougher disclosure rules f(...)

“Big business and wealthy people are paying less and less into the State coffers with the result that there is less to spend on public services,” said Independent TD Mick Wallace. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil has called on Frank Flannery to answer questions arising from the Panama Papers, following publication yesterday of details about the fin(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with FF TDs as they arrive for the first day of the 32nd Dáil. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

They don’t like the term, “grand coalition”, the Fianna Fáil grassroots. There’s nothing grand at all about the idea of serving as a junior partner, o(...)

Social Democrats Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly say they would support policy and legislation deemed good for the country. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Social Democrats party says it could support a minority government on a case-by-case basis, despite last week ruling themselves out of serving in (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to give a report on the progress of government formation when the Dáil returns next Tuesday. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Dáil returns next Tuesday – yes! for one day only, folks! – when Enda Kenny is due to give a report on the progress of government formation. At t(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton  has said  there is no point in forming a minority government that could fall within a few months. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Any minority government led by Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil would need to have assurances from the non-governing party that it would be allowed to govern (...)

 Fine Gael Ministers have made it abundantly clear that they will not tolerate a deal that leaves Enda Kenny in power simply to have Fianna Fáil pull the plug at the most politically opportune time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It can’t be an anti-climax if nobody expected matters to reach a conclusion. The events in Leinster House yesterday played out more or less exactly a(...)

Fianna Fáil continues to insist it will not enter coalition with Fine Gael

The 32nd Dáil convenes today, an event that will see plenty of tradition, celebration and pomp but little in the way of power being passed on or retai(...)

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval was among the possible candidates President Barack Obama was considering appointing to the US Supreme Court, before ruling himself out. Photograph: Steve Keegan/Reuters

Democrats have called on Republicans to do their job and hold hearings to consider US president Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee to replace the l(...)

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