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Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin during the children’s referendum campaign in 2012. Those close to both men insist they share no personal animus. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The minute the email arrived on a quiet Friday at the end of August, those around Micheál Martin believed its contents were never meant to be confiden(...)

Other colleagues feel Varadkar’s staunch defence of Fitzgerald will stand to him. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Capping off the most trying period of his young premiership, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar walked along the corridors of Government Buildings yesterday morni(...)

 Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney: has given his TDs the fight with Fianna Fáil they were pining for. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

It was a fight that was coming, but it brought a cargo of subplots and consequence upon its arrival. For weeks, if not months, resentment has been bu(...)

Micheál Martin Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin: has led party into an unfamiliar political no-man’s land. Photograph: Eric Luke

The novel arrangement to facilitate a Fine Gael-led minority government, painstakingly put in place over recent weeks and made incarnate yesterday af(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny: courting Independents  to form minority government.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night assured Independent TDs a minority government led by his party would last. Mr Kenny attended a meeting with th(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny: attended a meeting with Independent Alliance TDs on Friday night. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night assured Independent TDs that a minority government led by him would last. He attended a meeting with Independen(...)

While Labour is cool on coalition, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have discussed the future of Irish Water and the charges

Opinion in the Labour Party has hardened against another coalition with Fine Gael, with strong indications that party members will reject such a propo(...)

Rotating taoisigh? Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny may have to share the spoils of  Election 2016 in a very fundamental way. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

An arrangement for a rotating taoiseach would have to be on the agenda for any talks about a Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil alliance to avoid another general e(...)

Independent candidate Averil Power has been eliminated from the race for a Dáil seat in Dublin Bay North. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Independent Senator Averil Power has been eliminated from the Dublin Bay North count. After a recount of Ms Power’s votes and those of the candidates(...)

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