Kerry FG TD calls on Fianna Fáil to reverse decision to reject offer

Dail ChamberKerry Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin is calling on Fianna Fáil to reverse the decision to reject a partnership deal with Fine Gael. He wants Micheál Martin’s party to realise their mistake and reconsider. [audio_player src=””]   Meanwhile Kerry TD John Brassil says following the rejection of Enda Kenny’s deal, Fianna Fáil will first seek to put a minority government in place. The Ballyheigue deputy says if that fails, then he believes Fianna Fáil will facilitate a Fine Gael minority government. [audio_player src=””]   Meanwhile Fine Gael is to begin the process today of trying to firm up the support of Independents for a vote for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach next Thursday. Meanwhile the Independent Alliance says it wants to attend a joint meeting with Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin. With the only viable option remaining now for a Government being a minority one, both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are aiming to have at least a number of Independents declare firmly for Enda Kenny or Micheál Martin by the end of the weekend. That will be a tough task given that the Independents don’t want to do this unless some agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil is in place beforehand. Fine Gael is also setting out its stall, saying that some form of written agreement from Fianna Fáil would be required before next Thursday’s Dáil sitting. Meanwhile it’s understood the 6 member Independent Alliance is calling for a joint meeting with both Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin. But given relations between teh two big party leaders are far from cordial after recent days, it’s not certain that such a meeting would take place.   Elsewhere Some have suggested that President Higgins may take a hand in negotiations if no outcome can be reached. He has the power to refuse to dissolve the Dáil or he could address the Oireachtas – however constitutional law expert Dr Conor O’Mahony says there’s a problem with that idea.