Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is unlikely to bridge the gap of 13 votes between him and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny when the vote for Taoiseach takes place on Thursday.  File  photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is unlikely to bridge the gap of 13 votes between him and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny when the vote for Taoiseach ta(...)

Brainstorming at 1916 Democracy Cafe: “People need to get involved and have a say in what happens.” Photograph: Nigel Hanlon

Mopping her porch on Sean O’Casey Avenue near Mountjoy Square in Dublin’s north inner-city, Ann Dolan has few hopes for Election 2016: “I don’t think (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Fine Gael TDs on the plinth  at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has started a determined bid to wrest power from Fine Gael. His initial target is to get more support than Enda K(...)

Celebrating  election victory, Paul Murphy (right),  Socialist Party/AAA-PBP, said he was not convinced  SF leadership was committed to building a “left” that does not prop up right-wing parties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The apparent consensus in the “commentariat” that the general election has “finally” realigned Irish politics to the classic European left-right model(...)

Winners take it all: Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell and Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan were both elected in Dublin Bay South. Photograph: Eric Luke

Just as Kevin Humphreys was adjusting to the loss of his seat, the former Labour minister tweeted a photograph of a cute dog, perched on the shoreline(...)

Before breakfast, with a ballot box yet to be opened, The National Interest was taken down from the mantelpiece and dusted off. This most precious of(...)

“Democracy is always exciting but it is merciless when it clicks in” – Taoiseach Enda Kenny commenting on a difficult election for Fine Gael. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

“Democracy is always exciting but it is merciless when it clicks in.” – Taoiseach Enda Kenny commenting on a difficult election for Fine Gael. “I do(...)

Danny Healy-Rae and his brother Michael (on the floor ) are in fine form as Danny claimed the second seat in Kerry.

The Independents elected to the new Dáil are unlikely to influence the shaping of the next government, despite the pre-election consensus that they co(...)

Independent candidate Maureen O’ Sullivan at the count centre in the RDS

It was a gruelling election count for Independent Maureen O’Sullivan (65) after tallies knocked her out of contention in a reduced constituency, down(...)

 Sinn Féin’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald celebrates  winnining her seat in Dublin Central. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Against all expectations based on the tallies, Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan survived the 11th count in Dublin Central to retain her seat. She jo(...)

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