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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said it is still possible for her party to lead a minority government of the left without the involvement of Fi(...)

Election posters in Dublin. Photograph:  Damien Eagers/PA

So, when and how will we have a government? It seems to me we are heading for what is likely to be known as a government of change, involving four pa(...)

Investors in Ires Reit may be looking nervously over their shoulders during Thursday’s results announcement.  On Tuesday, following Sinn Féin’s electoral dominance, hundreds of millions of euro evaporated from housing and banking shares.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

MONDAY Indicators: Euro zone construction output (Dec). Meetings: Eurogroup meeting. TUESDAY Results: Kerry Group, Allegion. Indicators: Euro z(...)

On all the big issues there’s not much between the parties. They are all pro-EU. Mary Lou McDonald has said a Border poll can wait. And all parties support the 12.5% tax rate. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

In keeping with the times, let’s quote Vladimir Lenin. The Communist leader, looking back on the October Revolution and seeing it in the context of wh(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. ‘Galvanising a new government to deliver what needs to be done would be a huge task for Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar – and they will both know it.’ Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

There was a lot of talk in the election campaign about what would be delivered – but very little about how it would be delivered. But the challenge of(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaking to media in Cabra, Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has retrenched his position on not holding talks with Sinn Féin in a phone call with the party’s leader Mary Lou McD(...)

Guests at the Ibec Business Leaders Conference 2020 in the Convention Centre: it is not in Sinn Féin’s interests to bust the economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Business people are the ultimate pragmatists and the election proved as much. If Ibec’s chief executive Danny McCoy had been tearing around Mondello r(...)

Micheál Martin of Fianna Fáil: “The economic platform Sinn Féin put forward before the election was irreconcilable with Fianna Fáil’s, particularly on the enterprise agenda and also in terms of financial sustainability.” Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said a second general election in 2020 cannot be ruled out following the uncertain outcome of the poll on Saturd(...)

Brendan Howlin battled resolutely to keep the party afloat and he just about managed it in the most difficult of conditions. Photograph: Sam Boal/

The resignation of Brendan Howlin as Labour Party leader has put the spotlight on the party and its future in Irish politics. Howlin battled resolutel(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald at Leinster House on Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mary Lou McDonald arrived in Leinster House on Thursday with her new friends – a lot of new friends. The 37 members of the new Sinn Féin parliamentar(...)

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