Having risen quickly through the ranks of Irish politics, James O’Connor is anxious to get back to work, writes political correspondent Paul Hosford
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has ruled out a minority government if Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil cannot attract a third party to form a coalition.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will have an equal share of cabinet seats when the new Government is formed, Micheál Martin has said.
If we were not otherwise distracted, otherwise so terribly pressed, it is easy to imagine that, this weekend, at least half of this society would enthusiastically midwife the prospect of a deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
The Dáil’s three smaller parties all say they will read the Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil policy document — but none is willing to commit further.
The document agreed by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for a potential framework for government is to be presented to the party leaders this afternoon.
The Finance Minister said it was imperative the two parties could convince a third party to join a new coalition.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are set to agree a framework document on a grand coalition between the two parties today.
Fears held by some Fine Gael ministers that the current process of forming a government will come to nothing are well-founded, it must be said.
A far greater role for the State in the provision of childcare, housing, and a single-tier health system will be at the heart of the joint paper to be agreed by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil tomorrow.
The expected framework of a grand coalition between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil is expected to be signed off on – spelling out how a historic coalition between the two will work.
A number of Fine Gael ministers do not believe a government can be formed and that a second general election will be needed.
The decision not to speak to Sinn Fein has split Micheál Martin’s parliamentary party, with as many as 17 of the party’s 38 TDs open to discussions with Mary Lou McDonald’s party.
Labour leader Alan Kelly insists his party would do better in opposition. That raises the pressure on Eamon Ryan to enter government, says Political Editor Daniel McConnell
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will hold joint meetings with the leaders of other parties and the Regional Independent Group next week, it has been confirmed.
The new Labour leader does not expect to enter a new government coalition.
Simon Coveney said parties would have to be different after the health crisis.
The Labour Party is not looking to enter government but it could support one from opposition, its new leader Alan Kelly.
Alan Kelly said he believes the Labour party will play a ‘huge part’ in shaping Ireland’s recovery.
Second election unlikely as ‘we’re ready to agree a framework document’ on majority government
The Labour parliamentary party will hold a teleconference this week, the first meeting since Alan Kelly’s election as leader, with the question of whether the party should join a coalition government set to be discussed.
A traumatised country will need an administration that has a sound mandate and the confidence to carry it out, writes Michael Clifford
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he does not think a second general election is needed this year.
Simon Coveney acknowledged that there was a perception that smaller parties get “squeezed out”, but he did not believe that would be the case this time.
Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West, Éamon Ó Cuív has said there is serious disquiet in the party about entering into a four to five year government arrangement with Fine Gael.
Political Editor Daniel McConnell predicts how the next government cabinet will look
“There is serious disquiet within the party about forming such a long-term coalition.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are set to “love-bomb” the Green Party in the coming days in a bid to convince them to enter government with them.
Fine Gael will only go into Government with Fianna Fáil if a third party is also involved, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.
Micheál Martin refuses to rule out reports he and Varadkar will rotate Taoiseach position
The Greens have proposed all parties work together during the virus crisis. This would ensure legislative scrutiny and remove the need for an opposition, says former party leader John Gormley
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are still deciding on who shall be the leader of the next government.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil negotiating teams are meeting to discuss policies for a possible programme for government.
A former Green Party leader says government with Fianna Fail and Fine Gael is unlikely to get even a working majority within the current Green membership.
I gave my first preference vote to the Green Party in the February general election.
The Greens and the Social Democrats say that the two traditional parties attempts to brief against them in the media will not help government formation.
A government could be formed within the next two weeks, according to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.
A Green Party TD says those encouraging her party to join in government formation are asking them to facilitate a power-grab from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
Tanaiste Simon Coveney has called for a stable coalition to be formed among political parties to fight Covid-19, insisting that “Ireland needs you”.
The Taoiseach has offered a stark warning that the next government will only suffer “disappointment and defeat”.
The Regional Group of Independents, the Labour Party and the Social Democrats are all to be courted by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in a bid to form a government now that the Green Party have chosen to absent themselves.
The Leas Cheann Comhairle election has been deferred.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have agreed to develop a programme for government for a “stable” coalition that will help the country recover after the Covid-19 crisis.
It has been revealed no new laws can be passed from next week because approval of both the Dáil and Seanad is needed.
The parliament looks set to be left in limbo without the formation of a new government or agreement on who should be Taoiseach.
Green Party TDs have firmly ruled out any government formation talks with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as the Covid-19 crisis continues, insisting a unity or national government is required.
The election of the Leas-Cheann Comhairle could create another obstacle for the state, as the country remains without a mandated government.
The Fianna Fáil leader says that a government needs to be put together over the next number of weeks.
Government formation talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will resume tomorrow, with both parties under growing pressure to secure a deal on a workable coalition to face the Covid-19 crisis.
Detailed policy papers are to be exchanged this week between Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin in a bid to kickstart Government formation talks.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil believe the need for emergency laws and a crisis budget to respond to Covid-19 must be assured by a coalition deal and a new government.
Government formation talks between the major parties will continue despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Gary Gannon says Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and The Greens should get on with forming a government.
As Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil negotiators met again yesterday to resume policy discussions, the Green Party continues to insist that what is most urgently needed is a Government of national unity to deal with the Coronavirus crisis.
But it is still unclear when a new government may be formed as the country grapples with the coronavirus.
The pandemic demands that Government has the legitimacy to make hard, possibly divisive decisions.