Talks on formation of government continue ahead of new Dail meeting on Thursday

Talks between various parties and independents are continuing ahead of the resumption of the Dáil on Thursday. Dail Chamber Sinn Féin is to nominate Gerry Adams for the position of Taoiseach – effectively meaning none of the three candidates declared can now secure a majority in a vote.  Fine Gael has spent the day talking to small parties and Independents to see what their requirements would be to vote for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. Top of the wishlist for most is political and Dáil reform – the Social Democrats described their meeting with Fine Gael as constructive, saying Enda Kenny reacted positively to their suggestion of an all-party forum on the issue. One of the three leaders, Roisin Shortall admits other issues are more pressing for the electorate, but she says reform of the way the Dáil works is the only way to sort those out. Many observers believe these talks are just shadow boxing ahead of negotiations in the coming weeks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. But Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe says he’s against the idea of a so-called grand coalition:. Sinn Féin has now put forward Gerry Adams for the role of Taoiseach on Thursday – the decision by the party not to abstain now makes it a near certainty that neither Micheál Martin nor Enda Kenny can be elected Taoiseach. Gerry Adams says any caretaker Government can’t ignore the issues that need to be sorted out. Meanwhile there are now four candidates in the race for Ceann Comhairle – today Independent Maureen O’Sullivan and Fine Gael’s Andrew Doyle declared, joining the Sinn Féin nominee Caoimhghín O’Caoláin and Fianna Fáil’s Sean O’Fhearghail.