Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin (right)and Fine Gael leader, and acting Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
Pat Leahy, in the Irish Times this morning, reports:
Meetings to discuss a possible new government will continue today as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil intensify their efforts to woo Independent TDs in advance of Wednesday’s vote for taoiseach.
Fianna Fáil will hold an all-day meeting with the group of five rural Independents. Tomorrow it will meet the six members of the Independent Alliance.
Front bench Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan dismissed reports that the party’s mood towards coalition with Fine Gael was softening.
And party sources said the Leitrim Fianna Fáil organisation last week voted 50 votes to none against coalition with Fine Gael in an example of grassroots feeling, which is strongly against any such deal.
Listening to @morningireland would dispel myth that govt formation impasse can go on & on. Serious issues piling up. Hope it focuses all.
— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) April 4, 2016
Leo Varadkar tweeted:
My posters cleaned, counted, stored and ready to be deployed.