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.

A minority government is now the only option, after Fianna Fáil yesterday rejected an offer for coalition.

Fine Gael's unprecedented coalition offer remains, officially, on the table.

But after Fianna Fáil rejected it yesterday, it's now back to figuring out whether either party can muster the numbers for a credible minority administration.

However, it is not clear that these efforts will progress today. As of this morning, neither the Independent Alliance of six TDs, nor the Rural Alliance of five, have been invited to any further talks.

Those groups, and the four other independents who have attended talks, now represent the parties' only potential partners in government.

Whether Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil might builds the biggest platform, the support of the other would still be required in government, and after the acrimonious end to their engagement yesterday, a partnership seems a long way off.

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Update: Independent TD for Tipperary Mattie McGrath said he was very disappointed at the failure of last night's talks between Fianna Fail and Fine Geal.

He said the current stalemate cannot be allowed to continue.

"The electorate didn’t trust Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael enough to give them an overall majority. I'd like to sit down with all the interested parties and form a national government," he said.

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