Taoiseach's email to TDs asking them to 'intensify' efforts while he is abroad
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told TDs that Fine Gael ministers will continue to meet with other parties and independent deputies while he is away in Washington next week.
In an email to his parliamentary party this afternoon, Mr Kenny said all TDs have a responsibility to 'intensify' efforts aimed at forming a stable government.
While Mr Kenny said talks will continue next week, he made no reference to any talks with Fianna Fáil.
"Following our recent meetings of the Parliamentary Party, I would like to update you," Mr Kenny said.
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"As I said in the Dail last night, all those elected to the 32nd Dail have a responsibility to intensify efforts at the formation of a stable and lasting government that is needed to sustain the progress of recent years and address emerging domestic and international challenges. Fine Gael is fully committed to that objective.
“As you know, next week I will be representing the country at the St Patrick’s Day events in Washington and at the European Council meeting in Brussels.
"During this time, I am arranging for several of our Fine Gael ministerial colleagues to continue our meetings and engagements with other parties, groupings and independent deputies,” he added.
Fine Gael sources say the party is currently leaning towards the idea of forming a minority government and that talks with Fianna Fáil could be a long way off.