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Former minister for education Joe McHugh has turned down the offer of a junior ministry. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have sought to rectify the regional imbalance of their ministerial appointments with a series of new junior m(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan turned down a junior ministry and his statement is seen as an indication he intends to cultivate the party grassroots ahead of a potential future leadership bid. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The junior ministerial appointments were the last chance Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and, to a lesser extent, Eamon Ryan, had to calm the anger among(...)

New Fine Gael TD Jennifer Carroll MacNeill could be in line for a quick promotion. She has worked in different government departments as an adviser, is close to Leo Varadkar and is a strong media performer. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Groups of TDs gathered around Leinster House and the National Convention Centre for nervous conversations about their prospects, conscious that they a(...)

 Eoghan Murphy is expected to take up a position which will link the Fine Gael party organisation and the parliamentary party. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is not expected to be a senior or junior minister in a new coalition government between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and (...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan before government-formation talks at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Green Party is set to have four TDs at the cabinet table if the party approves the programme for government today and the coalition is formed over(...)

People Before profit TD Bríd Smith: claimed judges are political appointees and are not accountable.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith has defended her online comments about a High Court judge following his ruling on minimum pay and entitlements for (...)

Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne will introduce an amended version of legislation first submitted in 2013. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 40 years after a referendum was passed to extend Seanad voting rights to graduates of all third level institutions, legislation to finally g(...)

There is speculation Fine Gael’s  Simon Coveney will  remain in  the Department of Foreign Affairs, while  party leader Leo Varadkar as tánaiste will head the Department of Jobs. Photograph:  Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

With policy negotiations between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens complete, the chatter among politicians has turned to a favourite topic: cabine(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan near Leinster House in Dublin. File photograph: Collins

Negotiators from Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party met until the early hours of the morning on Sunday as it is expected a deal on a programme(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed yesterday that primary and secondary schools would reopen at the end of August. Speaking to reporters, he said the G(...)

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