Healy-Rae: Next vote must be decisive
Independent Michael Healy-Rae has said the next Dáil vote for Taoiseach must be decisive as TDs expressed frustration at the pace of talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
Both acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin have each failed to be elected as Taoiseach three times.
"I do not want a vote unless they're ready," Mr Healy-Rae told the Irish Independent, adding that in his view "they're nowhere near ready" because Independents will need time to consider the outcome of the talks before they'd "buy into a government". The Kerry TD criticised the pace of negotiations, saying the parties "should have started these talks a couple of days after polling day". He said the next Dáil vote for Taoiseach should be "the last vote".
Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughton of the 'Rural Five' group said: "I think the country would like to see a vote for Taoiseach next week - myself included. Whether that's possible or not I honestly don't know."
He said he published an outline of how a partnership minority government could be formed. "It's a pity they didn't take our advice five weeks ago. We'd probably have a government in place".
Longford-Westmeath TD Kevin 'Boxer' Moran warned that the Independents' support shouldn't be taken for granted but said that he wants to see a government in place "as quickly as possible". He said he was still hopeful there could be a vote for Taoiseach on Thursday but that was before talks between the main parties stalled last night.