Following long negotiations, the new Irish government is voted into office by Dáil Éireann. The government is formed after a historic coalition deal between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin takes office as Taoiseach (Prime Minister), with outgoing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister), due to return to the post in December 2022 as part of the coalition deal.
It emerges that the Taoiseach Enda Kenny dispatched a senior civil servant to the former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan before his abrupt departure yesterday; Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accuses Kenny of having effectively "sacked" the Commissioner.
Opposition parties in Ireland are to hold crisis talks to bring down the Brian Cowen-led government after the Green Party pulled out of government yesterday; Fianna Fáil no longer has a leader and it no longer has a coalition partner.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen tells his government he is to take on the foreign affairs portfolio after his challenger Micheál Martin's resignation yesterday. President Mary McAleese accepts Martin's resignation.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen announces his intention to lead the ruling Fianna Fáil party into the upcoming general election after spending the past two days consulting his party. He offers his colleagues a secret motion of confidence ballot in his leadership, scheduled for Tuesday.
The leaders of Ireland's two main political parties, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, come under fire. Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen faces a motion of no confidence in Dáil Éireann, his second in just over a year. Leader of the Opposition, Enda Kenny, who sacked his deputy leader yesterday to prevent a potential coup, faces further revolt from his party as nine more members of his frontbench call on him to resign.