Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night spoke of the complex political landscape thrown up by the electorate on February 26.
He said the complex election result thrown up by the people has made forming a Government very difficult.
He added politicians of all parties must be mindful of their responsibility to the public.
Speaking at the National Concert Hall to mark the refurbishment of the Kevin Barry Rooms, Mr Kenny said: “The new political reality following the election of the 32nd Dáil is difficult for all political parties, including my own.
“The general election result requires a new way of doing politics to provide stable and lasting government.
“The complex decision delivered by the people requires a different kind of answer, a different kind of response. A big bold response,” he said.
“Since the election, many efforts have been made to form a Government that has the capacity to tackle the serious national and international challenges facing the country,” he said.
“Negotiations are continuing as I stand here, and it is my most earnest hope that we can achieve a Government in the national interest,” Kenny said in his concluding remarks.
Despite Mr Kenny’s hopes that a minority Government be formed, there was increasing suggestions from within the party that Fine Gael could be heading into Opposition and allowing Fianna Fáil take the reins of power.
Earlier in the day, Mr Kenny also met with his team of ministers to outline the structure of the negotiations.
Amid an atmosphere in which information is very tightly controlled, the Irish Examiner understands the talks between the two parties started at 7pm.
The media shut-out was agreed by the parties as a means of building trust.
Walking through Leinster House last night, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin refused to make any comment to the press as to the nature of the talks.
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