Clare’s Fine Gael TD believes the numbers are there for Sinn Féin to form a stable Government.
Deputy Joe carey is commenting after the leaders of both his party and Fianna Fail agreed to meet next week for exploratory talks.
Leo Varadkar says he can’t predict the future, but he will meet Micheal Martin early next week.
The leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil spoke over the phone last night, after the first sitting of the 33rd Dáil failed to elect a Taoiseach.
The current government will continue until a new one can be formed, with the next sitting of the Dáil on March 5th.
There’s been no formal discussions between the two parties on forming a government so far.
Clare’s Fine Gael TD has said its ironic that those who wanted his party out of Government are criticisng them for not taking part in negotiations so far.
He says the onus is on Sinn Fein to form a Government.
Separately, Aodhan O’Riordain has launched his bid to be the next leader of the Labour Party.
He’s running against Tipperary TD Alan Kelly to replace Brendan Howlin, who stepped down after poor outcome in the general election.
At his launch O’Riordain said Labour can’t keep making the same mistakes of the past.
He said activists are working across the country but that many people don’t want to listen at the moment.