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 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media as she arrives for the convening of the 33rd Dáil in Dublin. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Change was the buzzword when the 33rd Dáil met for the first time on Thursday, and as the new TDs took their seats before noon, it was apparent just h(...)

 Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar, Mary Lou McDonald and Eamon Ryan are all expected to put their names forward for Taoiseach when the new Dáil meets for the first time on Thursday. File photograph: Alan Betson

A deal that would lead to a new government being formed may not be finalised until April, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has told his TDs and Senat(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald addressing a party meeting in Belfast. Photograph: Sinn Féin/PA Wire

Before parties could take part in the talks leading to the Belfast Agreement they had to sign up to the Mitchell Principles, named after talks chair S(...)

Fire and Rescue personal run to move their truck as a bushfire burns next to a major road and homes on the outskirts of the town of Bilpin on December 19th, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: David Gray/Getty Images

The recent bushfires in Australia were exacerbated not only by global warming but also by other factors. There is no doubt climate change must be tack(...)

Independent TD Denis Naughten has formally submitted his nomination papers before the 6pm deadline. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Two candidates will contest the position of Ceann Comhairle when the Dáil resumes on Thursday. When nominations closed at 6pm it was confirmed that i(...)

Sinn Féin won the highest share of the popular vote (24.5%) ahead of Fianna Fáil with 22%, but it won fewer Dáil seats than Fianna Fáil – 37 versus 38 . Photograph: iStock

When does a new government have to be formed by? There is no deadline for this as there are, in legal and constitutional terms, no rules on forming a(...)

 Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe arrives for a party meeting at Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

“We cannot say it publicly at this time but the only game in town for us is Fianna Fáil. ” This private assessment by a Sinn Féin TD reflects the rea(...)

Fine Gael has mandated Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to engage with other parties “to share our analysis and perspectives on the outcome of the General Election”.

Fine Gael has said it is preparing to go into Opposition, after a six-hour parliamentary party meeting concluded on Monday night. Afterwards, Taoisea(...)

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(...)

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