Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin will finally sit down face to face this evening to begin discussions on forming a Government.
The two leaders and Deputy Ruth Coppinger, did not have majorities to win votes to be Taoiseach – which have concluded just after 5 o’clock.
Mr Kenny has been defeated by 80 votes to 51, while Mr Martin was defeated by 95 votes to 43 and Deputy Coppinger was defeated by 108 votes to 10.
Independents have told the Dáil that they are abstaining to offer the two big parties a “last chance” to make progress in the next week.
Earlier, Kerry Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae told the Dáil he believes talks have already started between the two biggest parties.