Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has said he believes Fianna Fáil never had any intention of going into Government or they wouldn’t have voted for Sean Ó Fearghail as Ceann Comhairle.
Deputy Healy-Rae says he also believes the agreement achieved by 14 Independents to abstain from yesterday’s vote on the election of a Taoiseach was a “good day’s work”.
The Kerry deputy, who arranged the meeting with other Independents, said their abstention has forced Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil back into government formation talks.
However, Fianna Fáil deputy John Brassil says Independents had their chance of being part of those talks and now the only option was that Fianna Fáil would facilitate a minority government of Fine Gael supported by Independents.
He said the party had attempted to acquire the support of 12 Independents but had not been successful in achieving this.