Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has welcomed the change of attitude and tone from the Taoiseach on trying to reach a consensus on budget plans.
Brian Cowen has tonight written to Mr Kenny and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore inviting them to talks, which may begin next week.
Mr Kenny said that the Government does not have a monopoly on wisdom and that every sensible and viable proposal needs to be considered.
Speaking tonight, Enda Kenny said he is open to talks.
“The Taoiseach has asked for a meeting with me…Michael Noonan was over there (Government Buildings) today in the Department of Finance,” he said.
“I welcome the fact that the Taoiseach has responded to my question yesterday, that there was little point in me attending discussions if he wasn’t there. So I think that’s constructive and I will respond to it positively.”