The demeanour of the Taoiseach in the Dáil yesterday spoke volumes more than his carefully scripted speech during which he thanked the Labour Party’s contribution to the coalition government, even though Fine Gael’s former partners voted against his nomination.
Everything was on track. The mood music was good. Government formation negotiators were pointing towards a weekend deal in the making. Then talks broke down again yesterday evening as a further standoff ensued between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, writes
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Independent election candidates, saying he would take them “seriously” and is “prepared” to join forces as part of an alternative coalition after the general election.