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I Did It: An Taoiseach after being re-elected shows the clenched fist as he departs Leinster House for Áras An Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Enda Kenny has promised to work in partnership to build a better Ireland following his election as Taoiseach yesterday during a day of drama at Leinst(...)

Micheal Fitzmaurice speaks on his mobile phone at Lenister House on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The  Irish Times.

It was, as the Duke of Wellington reflected after his victory at the Battle of Waterloo, a damn close run thing. The Iron Duke’s Dublin residence sta(...)

Election 2016: Finian McGrath of The Independent Alliance arriving for talks with the Fine Gael negotiating team at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Negotiators from both sides reported good progress in talks between Fine Gael and Independent TDs on the formation of a new government yesterday where(...)

Simon Coveney: he suggested a deal to allow the next government to be formed could be finalised by Thursday

Though both parties insisted that they were observing a media blackout, the mood music from the latest round of talks on government formation last nig(...)

 Independent TD John Halligan at Leinster House in Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Independent TDs indicated they will not allow differences over localised issues to derail agreement with Fine Gael over their participation in a minor(...)

A spokesman for Labour Party leader Joan Burton (above) has enumerated   three positions for the party: outright opposition, a new coalition, or a halfway point between these two positions, where Labour would facilitate or support a Fine Gael-led government from outside. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

These are difficult, uncertain days for the Labour Party. To the crushing disappointment of the general election result has been added not just a slo(...)

Labour Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. The possible future leader of the party has to carefully consider options. Photograph: Eric Luke

The options are stark for the Labour Party. The thrashing it received at the general election has put the party in a position of extreme precariousn(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton arriving at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Wrestling with the various combinations and permutations, there is little confidence among politicians around Leinster House that what will finally em(...)

Independents at Government Buildings following talks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The talks between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael enter their third day today and, following sessions on how the mechanics of a minority government will wor(...)

A new government will be radically different from anything we have seen in the State

The old joke goes that the best way of spreading a story is to tell a politician a secret. Like journalists, many of the political class are terrible (...)

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