Four of the Independent TDs had earlier encouraged their colleagues to vote for the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (above).  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The 14 Independent TDs have insisted they will not re-enter negotiations with Fine Gael until discussions with Fianna Fáil have concluded. The six me(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny arriving at Government Buildings on Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The winding road has finally led to its inevitable destination, and Fianna Fáil has now ceded the ground to allow Enda Kenny form a Fine Gael-led mino(...)

 Independents said Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s move was putting a gun to their heads. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

So this is now the endgame of the endgame, and Micheál Martin has told the Independent TDs to put up or shut up. It is a high-stakes move. The Fiann(...)

“As the efforts to form a minority government reach a conclusion, the thoughts of Independents are naturally turning to finalising the best deals they can get.” File photograph: Getty Images

Over the past few interminable weeks, Independent TDs have solemnly intoned that their talks about Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael were solely focused on n(...)

Acting Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny at Government Buildings. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael negotiating teams are set to commence formal talks later today with a view to agreeing the shape of a minority government th(...)

Acting Taoiseach Mr Kenny and a number of his senior Ministers have accused Fianna Fáil and Micheál Martin of putting party before country following the emphatic rejection of a partnership government by the main Opposition party.

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to reiterate his call for an end to civil war politics and ask Fianna Fáil to enter a partnership. In a statement rele(...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny will meet Micheál Martin after the Dáil vote for taoiseach. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin are to meet today to begin negotiations on the formation of a government. Mr Kenny (...)

Irene Crawley and Joe Dowling from Hands on Peer Education (Hope) at the memorial on the corner of Seán McDermott Street and Buckingham Street in Dublin.   Photograph: Alan Betson

‘You know what kills me?” says Joe Dowling. “Seeing them dealing at the monument.” Dowling is a senior project worker with Hope (Hands On Peer Educa(...)

Building reportedly used as a Magdelene Laundry on Seán McDermott Street: many levels of Irish society, including the State, failed women who were kept in such places. Photograph: Eric Luke

I have told her story in the past but even in death she would want to remain anonymous. She leaves an important legacy. Her childhood was sad. Her mot(...)

Independent TDs  Noel Grealish, Denis Naughten, Mattie McGrath, Michael Harty, Michael Collins arrive for a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Opposition TDs will be given a much greater say in how the budget is framed through a strengthened system of Dáil committees, under plans proposed by (...)

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