VIDEO: Fianna Fail will put Micheal Martin forward as nominee for Taoiseach
Fianna Fail will put Micheal Martin forward as a nominee for election of Taoiseach.
Speaking in Cork City Hall where the count for his constituency Cork South Central is taking place, the re-elected TD said his party had a good campaign - but it was on the back of "hard work".
"I think we've had a very good campaign.
"But it's hard work - and it's been hard work for the last five years. I've travelled up and down the country. I knocked on doors in every town, county and city in Ireland to get a real sense of where people are at.
"And that fed into our policy formulation and I think that was a policy platform that struck a chord with the people of the two-tiered economic recovery in terms of a sense that there was a big disconnect in terms of the government's rhetoric and the reality on the ground."
The FF leader was reticent to enter into any conversation about a possible coalition with Fine Gael.
"Transfers will be crucial
"We really won't know until tomorrow the composition of this Dail," he said.
"We'll be putting myself forward as nominee for election of Taoiseach with support form the other deputies based on the principles we have, our policy priorities which is a fairer Ireland and a decent society. That's what people want.
"People want a change of government. I think people voted for a new direction to take Ireland in. Towards fairness, towards decency, looking after and investing in public services with reform but also giving families a decent break. And that's where people are at. "