Splits in FF and SF on potential coalition
Splits have emerged within both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin after Gerry Adams opened the door to the idea of a coalition government.
Six key members of Fianna Fáil's parliamentary party have suggested Micheál Martin should not be ruling out coalition with Sinn Féin in advance of votes being cast.
And there is significant disquiet among some Sinn Féin TDs over what they see as Mr Adams linking them to a party which wrecked the economy.
Mr Martin dismissed Sinn Féin's openness to working together as "posturing".
But John McGuinness, Colm Keaveney, Micheál Kitt, Sean Fleming, John Browne and Mary White have refused to rule out coalition talks with Sinn Féin.
When asked about Mr Martin's staunch opposition to Sinn Féin, Senator White said: "Isn't that what they all say?"