« Back32nd Dáil to vote for a Taoiseach for third time this afternoon

Independent TDs are meeting to try to decide how they’ll vote in this afternoon’s election of a Taoiseach.

Dail ChamberSome like Maureen O’Sullivan have said they’re going to abstain from the vote, however Independent Michael Harty has said that abstention is no longer an option.

The 32nd Dáil will vote for a Taoiseach for the third time this afternoon.

This could be Micheál Martin’s last bid for the role.

He issued an ultimatum to Independent TDs last night saying it’s now or never if they’re going to vote for him.

Fine Gael negotiator Simon Coveney says there can’t be a Fianna Fáil minority government.

But Fianna Fáil’s Willie O’Dea says this shows how scared Fine Gael are of the prospect of Micheál Martin for Taoiseach.

Independent TDs have met to discuss how they’ll vote – with Mattie McGrath calling for them to put their cards on the table.

Its been 48 days since the election and unless a last minute deal is reached before this afternoon’s vote it’s likely to be a few more weeks before we see a government, or another election.

Brendan GriffinMeanwhile, Kerry Fine Gael Deputy Brendan Griffin says his party’s position remains the same.

He said Fine Gael want to form a stable government – but they need support in order to do that.