Prominent Independent TDs have said they cannot agree to support a minority Government led by Fine Gael - until they know the details of a deal between them and Fianna Fáil.
The latest reports suggest that Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny have decided on a compromise over Irish Water, suspending charges for nine months.
They have also committed to setting up a commission to examine the future of the charging system.
In the meantime Leinster House is attempting to tackle some regular business, including a discussion on the refugee crisis and a meeting of the housing and homeless committee.
But Independent TD for Kerry, Michael Healy Rae, has said they cannot make progress until Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael reveal their plans: “In the absence of knowing what we would be agreeing to, there are an awful lot of complications involved in running a minority Government.
“There are an awful lot of issues from health to environment to all of those other issues that we are concerned with.
“Until we see the colour of what they are saying no one can give a clear answer.”
Meanwhile, Independent TD Katherine Zappone has said she did not do a deal to support Enda Kenny For Taoiseach in return for the position of Education Minister.
The newly elected TD backed Enda in a Dáil vote a fortnight ago and indicated she is ready to serve.
She says if offered the position she will consider it.
And she has said she just wants to represent the people who voted for her: “Well what I would like to do is to have a significant influence in order to bring about the commitments that I made, the manifesto that I was elected on in terms of the people of Dublin South West.”