Water charges 'will be collected'; Joan Burton expected to step down as Labour leader

Water charges 'will be collected'; Joan Burton expected to step down as Labour leader

Water charges will be suspended at the end of the current billing cycle, according to the government chief whip Regina Doherty.

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Independent Alliance say FG will have to agree to 'radical proposals' for a govt by Thursday

Independent Alliance say FG will have to agree to 'radical proposals' for a govt by Thursday

Latest: The Independent Alliance says it is very optimistic to think a deal could be done by Thursday.

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Talks with Independent Alliance could delay govt formation; SF says FF have 'lost credibility'

Talks with Independent Alliance could delay govt formation; SF says FF have 'lost credibility'

An Independent Alliance TD says he does not think a new Taoiseach and Government will be appointed on Wednesday.

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Leo Varadkar's govt formation comments 'misleading and self-serving', says Michael McGrath

Leo Varadkar's govt formation comments 'misleading and self-serving', says Michael McGrath

A row has broken out between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael over comments made by a senior negotiator in the minority government talks, writes Elaine Loughlin of the Irish Examiner.

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Micheál Martin: Most people don't want another election

Micheál Martin: Most people don't want another election

Latest: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says the vast majority of the electorate are not in favour of another general election.

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Gerry Adams accuses Fianna Fáil of working to return Enda Kenny as Taoiseach

Gerry Adams accuses Fianna Fáil of working to return Enda Kenny as Taoiseach

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused Fianna Fáil of reneging on their election promises and of working to put acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny back into power, writes Juno McEnroe of the Irish Examiner.

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No discussion on Irish Water during today's government formation talks

No discussion on Irish Water during today's government formation talks

Talks on government formation have broken up for the day without any discussion on Irish Water.

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Fianna Fáil TDs say they 'cannot budge an inch on the issue of water charges'

Fianna Fáil TDs say they 'cannot budge an inch on the issue of water charges'

Latest: Fianna Fáil TDs have hardened in their stance on Irish water, insisting the utility be abolished and water charges suspended, writes Daniel McConnell of the Irish Examiner.

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Fine Gael rejects Fianna Fáil proposal to freeze water charges until every house is metered

Fine Gael rejects Fianna Fáil proposal to freeze water charges until every house is metered

Fine Gael has rejected Fianna Fáil demands to defer all water charges until every house in the country is metered as the move would effectively hand Micheál Martin’s party victory in ongoing talks on Irish Water write Fiachra Ó Cionnaith and Juno McEnroe.

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Fine Gael TDs set to discuss outcome of talks with Fianna Fáil

Fine Gael TDs set to discuss outcome of talks with Fianna Fáil

Fine Gael TDs could be asked to consider compromise proposals for the future of Irish Water today .

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Noonan: Talks between main parties 'down to five or six net points'

Noonan: Talks between main parties 'down to five or six net points'

Latest: Negotiators from Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have adjourned their talks for this evening to resume again tomorrow.

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Labour rules out coalition with Fine Gael

Labour rules out coalition with Fine Gael

Labour has confirmed its intention to stay in Opposition after several days of speculation that the bruised party was considering returning to power with Fine Gael, writes Juno McEnroe, Political Correspondent.

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Sources: Parties moving closer to minority government deal

Sources: Parties moving closer to minority government deal

Government formation talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are proceeding well and may be wrapped up over the next two days, say sources involved in negotiations.

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Irish Water remains sticking point as parties discuss minority Government deal

Irish Water remains sticking point as parties discuss minority Government deal

Fine Gael negotiator Paschal Donohoe has said that the two main parties are working hard to reach a deal.

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Healy-Rae: ‘It’s the next election they're worried about’

Healy-Rae: ‘It’s the next election they're worried about’

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have been accused of having their minds on another election rather than forming a government.

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Minority government talks set to continue today amid second election speculation

Minority government talks set to continue today amid second election speculation

Talks on the formation of a minority government are due to continue this morning.

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Frances Fitzgerald: 'Unlikely' to be Taoiseach vote this week as parties continue talks

Frances Fitzgerald: 'Unlikely' to be Taoiseach vote this week as parties continue talks

The acting Justice Minister has said it is "unlikely" there will be a vote to elect a new Taoiseach this week.

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Willie Penrose: Labour has no mandate to govern

Willie Penrose: Labour has no mandate to govern

Labour TD Willie Penrose has said the party has no mandate to go back into government.

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Almost half of us want a new election, poll finds

Almost half of us want a new election, poll finds

It's 53 days since the General Election - and government formation talks finally appear to be making progress.

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Latest: 'Mixed views' among Independent Alliance TDs about joining Labour in Government

Latest: 'Mixed views' among Independent Alliance TDs about joining Labour in Government

Latest: TD John Halligan has admitted there are differences within the Independent Alliance group about whether to join a Government that includes the Labour Party.

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Fine Gael want Labour coalition; Greens aiming for 'constructive opposition'

Fine Gael want Labour coalition; Greens aiming for 'constructive opposition'

Latest: Green Party Deputy Leader, Catherine Martin, says that their future probably lies in "constructive opposition".

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New poll spells bad news for Fine Gael and good news for Micheál Martin

New poll spells bad news for Fine Gael and good news for Micheál Martin

A new opinion poll suggests Fianna Fáil would be the most popular party if a second election were held.

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Labour say talk of party re-entering government is 'hugely premature'

Labour say talk of party re-entering government is 'hugely premature'

The Labour Party appears ready to consider going back into government with Fine Gael, despite suffering a near wipeout in February's General Election, writes Daniel McConnell of the Irish Examiner.

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Latest: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to meet again on Monday after 'constructive' talks

Latest: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to meet again on Monday after 'constructive' talks

Latest: Fianna Fáil has described today's meeting with Fine Gael as "constructive".

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Latest: Independents want agreement in writing, says Bruton

Latest: Independents want agreement in writing, says Bruton

Latest: Acting Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton believes independents are looking for a written agreement on government formation Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

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A Fine Gael-led minority government? Talks start today

A Fine Gael-led minority government? Talks start today

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the formation of a minority Government are to reconvene later today.

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Micheál Martin throws in the towel in bid to be elected next Taoiseach

Micheál Martin throws in the towel in bid to be elected next Taoiseach

Fianna Fáil's conceded defeat in their efforts to form a minority government.

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Fine Gael fear 'stampede of Independents', says O’Dea

Fine Gael fear 'stampede of Independents', says O’Dea

Enda Kenny is absolutely desperate to be re-elected Taoiseach, according to Fianna Fáil’s Willie O'Dea.

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Enda Kenny offers to meet Micheál Martin after failed Taoiseach vote

Enda Kenny offers to meet Micheál Martin after failed Taoiseach vote

Latest: The acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has offered to meet Mr Martin to discuss a minority government.

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Fianna Fáil throws down gauntlet to Independents ahead of Taoiseach vote

Fianna Fáil throws down gauntlet to Independents ahead of Taoiseach vote

Fianna Fáil have this evening thrown down the gauntlet to Independents giving them one last opportunity to vote for Micheál Martin as Taoiseach.

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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil talks come to screeching halt

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil talks come to screeching halt

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have hit a roadblock after a planned meeting tonight was cancelled and no further negotiations are scheduled.

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Latest: Vote for Taoiseach will go ahead, says Kenny

Latest: Vote for Taoiseach will go ahead, says Kenny

Latest: Fine Gael TDs and Senators have been told this evening that the vote for Taoiseach will go ahead as planned, despite wide speculation that it was to be deferred writes Irish Examiner Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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John Halligan of Independent Alliance walks out of govt talks; rural TDs' group split

John Halligan of Independent Alliance walks out of govt talks; rural TDs' group split

Independent Alliance member John Halligan has pulled out of government formation talks, saying he will not back Enda Kenny or Micheal Martin's bids to become Taoiseach, writes Fiachra O Cionnaith of the Irish Examiner.

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FG and FF set to continue talks tomorrow

FG and FF set to continue talks tomorrow

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will meet again tomorrow as efforts to form a minority government continue.

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Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to discuss Irish Water, USC and Housing

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to discuss Irish Water, USC and Housing

Talks between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are to resume this afternoon to explore how a minority Government would work, writes Daniel McConnell of the Irish Examiner.

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Joan Burton 'wants to stay on as party leader'

Joan Burton 'wants to stay on as party leader'

There are reports today that Joan Burton wants to stay on as the Labour Party leader.

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IBEC: Economy needs stable government as soon as possible

IBEC: Economy needs stable government as soon as possible

Employers' group IBEC has said the economy needs a strong stable government in place as soon as possible.

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Taoiseach vote 'may be postponed'

Taoiseach vote 'may be postponed'

It is reported today that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael may ask the Dáil to postpone voting on a Taoiseach this week.

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FF and FG talks conclude and discussions are reported to have 'gone well'

FF and FG talks conclude and discussions are reported to have 'gone well'

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael's negotiating teams have concluded their first talks on the formation of a minority Government.

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Enda Kenny: New political reality is difficult for all parties, including my own

Enda Kenny: New political reality is difficult for all parties, including my own

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the complex election result thrown up by the people has made forming a Government very difficult, writes Daniel McConnell.

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What the country needs now is a Government, says O Sullivan

What the country needs now is a Government, says O Sullivan

Labour TD Jan O Sullivan has urged Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin "to get on with it and give us a Government" - insisting "that's what the country needs now" writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Political Reporter.

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Labour and Independents expected to abstain from Taoiseach vote on Thursday

Labour and Independents expected to abstain from Taoiseach vote on Thursday

The Labour Party looks set to abstain from the vote on Enda Kenny on Thursday, Daniel McConnell, Political Editor with the Irish Examiner has learned.

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President Higgins 'could call joint session to break political deadlock'

President Higgins 'could call joint session to break political deadlock'

President Michael D Higgins may intervene if talks to form a new Government remain in stalemate, Irish Examiner Political Editor Daniel McConnell has said.

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USC and water charges among issues Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil need to sort in minority Government

USC and water charges among issues Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil need to sort in minority Government

Teams from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are set to meet later today to discuss arrangements for a minority government.

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Micheál Martin: Majority governments can be 'arrogant, divisive and unfair'

Micheál Martin: Majority governments can be 'arrogant, divisive and unfair'

Micheál Martin has insisted minority governments can work - if people are willing to try.

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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil agree to discuss viable minority government

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil agree to discuss viable minority government

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are to meet early next week to discuss the possibility of a viable minority government, according to the Irish Examiner's Fiachra O Cionnaith.

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'Offer still on the table' Kenny tells Fianna Fáil and Independents

'Offer still on the table' Kenny tells Fianna Fáil and Independents

Enda Kenny has said the offer for Fianna Fáil and Independent TDs to enter into a Partnership Government with Fine Gael, is still on the table

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Kenny offers to host talks; Independents accuse parties of 'playing games'

Kenny offers to host talks; Independents accuse parties of 'playing games'

Latest: The Independent Alliance have said neither Fianna Fáil nor Fine Gael have given a clear answer to their invitation of a round-table meeting tomorrow writes Political Reporter Elaine Loughlin.

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Independent Alliance seeks joint meeting with Kenny and Martin

Independent Alliance seeks joint meeting with Kenny and Martin

Latest: The Independent Alliance is seeking a joint meeting with acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and themselves "in the next 24 hours" in a bid to force a breakthrough to the political stalemate, write Fiachra Ó Cionnaith and Juno McEnroe.

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Impasse in effort to form a government: What happens now?

Impasse in effort to form a government: What happens now?

Government talks appear to have reached an impasse with no further talks of any sort scheduled so far.

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Enda Kenny: Fianna Fáil's rejection of Fine Gael deal 'driven by narrow party interests'

Enda Kenny: Fianna Fáil's rejection of Fine Gael deal 'driven by narrow party interests'

Latest: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says he simply couldn't break a promise he made to the electorate.

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Enda Kenny offers Micheál Martin 'full partnership' Government

Enda Kenny offers Micheál Martin 'full partnership' Government

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has formally offered Micheál Martin to enter into a "full partnership" Government this evening.

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Government agency seeks polling cards tender with leaders set to meet

Government agency seeks polling cards tender with leaders set to meet

The Government has launched a tender for millions of polling cards, as talk of a second General Election has heightened.

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Fianna Fáil gives Irish Water highest priority in negotiation document to Independents

Fianna Fáil gives Irish Water highest priority in negotiation document to Independents

Fianna Fáil have put Irish Water front and centre in a negotiation document given to Independent TDs today.

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Kenny loses vote and appeals to Martin to begin talks

Kenny loses vote and appeals to Martin to begin talks

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has failed for the second time to be re-elected to that post in the Dáil today.

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Sinn Féin leader brands Taoiseach vote a ‘charade’

Sinn Féin leader brands Taoiseach vote a ‘charade’

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams will decline to put his name forward for this afternoon's Dáil Taoiseach nomination vote because the TDs ballot will not see anyone win enough support and is "absolutely pointless".

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Several TDs declare intentions to abstain from vote

Several TDs declare intentions to abstain from vote

Several Independent TDs have this lunchtime confirmed they will not vote for either Enda Kenny or Micheal Martin to become Taoiseach this afternoon.

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Oireachtas group issues recommendations on Dáil reform

Oireachtas group issues recommendations on Dáil reform

An Oireachtas group set up to examine Dáil reform has issued a set of recommendations ahead of the Dáil sitting tomorrow.

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Fine Gael presents proposals to Independents in hope of forming a government

Fine Gael presents proposals to Independents in hope of forming a government

Fine Gael has given Independents a document it says it hopes could be a road map for the formation of a Government, including looking at closed Garda stations and tackling high interest rates charged by banks.

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Gerry Adams: Independents facilitating 'charade' of party talks; Sinn Féin 'very busy'

Gerry Adams: Independents facilitating 'charade' of party talks; Sinn Féin 'very busy'

Gerry Adams has accused Independents of facilitating a “charade” in talking to the two main political parties.

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