It’s now looking increasingly likely that tomorrow’s planned vote in the Dáil to try and elect a Taoiseach will be deferred.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are considering the move as efforts continue to try and form a minority Government and Sinn Féin says it will put forward a motion to postpone the vote if the result is going to be inconclusive.
Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are now in their third day.
And while progress has been made it’s understoof they are nowhere near agreement on something Independent TDs could sign up to and back either Enda Kenny or Micheál Martin in a vote tomorrow afternoon.
At some stage tonight or tomorrow the two parties are expected to agree that the planned vote to try and elect a Taoiseach at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon should be deferred.
And Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has issued a statement saying the party would put forward a motion to postpone the vote if the result was going to be inconclusive saying the Dáil time should be spent dealing with matters such as housing, health, water and strikes.
And Independent TDs are adamant that there must be a clear agreement between the two parties on a minority Government if they are to show their hand and declare for either leader as Taoiseach.
And so 47 days after the election it now appears we’ll be left with a caretaker Government until at least next week.