Micheál Martin has said he hopes negotiations on the formation of a minority government can come to a conclusion early next week.
Talks between representatives from Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are due to resume tomorrow, following a meeting between the two party leaders yesterday.
Mr Martin has he will have further engagement with the Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny next week.
The Fianna Fáil leader has also added he hopes the ongoing talks can reach agreement.
“I think the situation has to be resolved fairly soon,” said Deputy Martin.
“I think there will be further engagement and we’ll see what comes from that.
“The positions are very clear, We would hope we can bring about a resolution early next week.”