The leader of Ireland's center-right Fine Gael party, Enda Kenny, says his party has won a 'massive endorsement' to govern after Friday's election.
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen resigned as party leader, the ruling coalition collapsed, and six ministers quit. Some say the volatile week may actually help the country get back on its feet.
Ireland's Green Party has said it will pull out of its coalition under Prime Minister Brian Cowen. Cowen has called for elections in early 2011, but opposition leaders want a vote now.
Northern Ireland politicians agreed to move policing and justice authority from Britain to the Stormont Assembly. It did so without the support of the once-dominant Ulster Unionist Party, pointing to lingering anger among some Protestants over concessions made to Irish republicans.
Ireland, amid fast cultural change, is set to approve civil unions for same sex couples.
Protests and anger grow as 'Celtic Tiger's' economy takes nosedive.