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There is increasing pressure on acting Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin to declare that he will stand for the leadership of the Labour Party. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

There is increasing pressure on acting Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin to declare that he will stand for the leadership of the Labour P(...)

 Alex White: claims are being made that roles such his as Minister at his point were  making less and less sense in absence of a government. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

Senior Labour Party figures have said they want the party to “pull the plug” and resign from Government soon. As talks on government-formation cont(...)

  Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin:  said to have the support of the majority of Labour members. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin is seeking to run uncontested for the Labour leadership but may face competition from its current depu(...)

Independent Senator Averil Power and Leo Varadkar: the Minister has endorsed Power  in the forthcoming TCD Seanad elections 2016. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Q - When is an independent not an independent? A - When he or she is a member of Fine Gael. Businessman and entrepreneur Seán Melly, who is runni(...)

Acting Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Brendan Howlin: a leadership election must take place within six months of a general election. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The writing has been on the wall for Joan Burton since the results of the general election began to trickle through. A government party with 37 seats(...)

Acting Tánaiste Joan Burton:  Some  party members said demands for her resignation were inevitable. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Tánaiste Joan Burton is expected to resist calls today to step down as leader of the Labour Party. She is to meet all candidates who stood in the ge(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny chats to President Michael D Higgins at the Easter Sunday commemoration ceremony and parade from O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

The Easter Sunday centenary commemoration at the GPO was told the “short lives and big dreams” of the men, women and children of 1916 “extended the ho(...)

Old hand Joe Costello managed to steel himself for the press. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

At the RDS on the Saturday of the count, jubilation and dejection were everywhere. Among the fist-pumping Sinn Féin activists with tricolours and the (...)

Willie Penrose and James Bannon before the final count Longford-Westmeath count finally ended early on Thursday morning. Photograph: John McCauley.

It was the worst election in the Labour Party’s 104-year history, made even bleaker by the prospect of losing Dáil speaking rights. The junior Coalit(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar on Saturday evening. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

A considerably reduced Fine Gael has taken a small lead over a resurgent Fianna Fáil and is likely to remain the largest party in the Dáil. With 10 o(...)

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