Fine Gael and Labour said this afternoon that a speech made by Justice Minister Michael McDowell in Waterford today showed the two parties in government knew the current coalition could not be returned to power.
Minister McDowell said it didn't matter whether Bertie Ahern or Enda Kenny was the next Taoiseach, and that it would be the smaller party in government that would determine its direction.
Labour leader Pat Rabbitte said it was an extraordinary speech.
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny said it showed support was growing for the alternative government.
“If the PDs decide that they want to do business with somebody else other than Fianna Fáil then they should test themselves, walk away from government and change the political landscape, about which we could then talk,” said the opposition leader.