'We do not believe it would have the necessary numbers to provide a stable administration' - Green party pull out of government talks
The Green party have pulled out of talks to form a minority government with Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.
The Greens' two TDs - Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin - have been in talks with the two rival parties who each want to get closest to a majority before seeking the other's consent to allow it to govern.
"We have decided to withdraw from discussions on the drafting of a partnership agreement for a minority government. We do not believe it would have the necessary numbers to provide a stable administration," Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said in a statement.
"We commend Fine Gael for conducting the talks in a positive fashion. We did, however, feel that there were significant differences between ourselves and other participants on a variety of critical policy issues for our country."
The Greens, junior partner in the 2007-2011 government, were the only party not to have ruled out supporting a government led by caretaker Taoiseach Enda Kenny or or Fianna Fail.