FIANNA Fáil has arranged talks with Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly as it steps up its bid to secure Micheál Martin’s nomination for Taoiseach.
The decision to meet two Independents outside of the group of 17 comes as both parties come under pressure to make contact.
Separate talks are continuing at Government Buildings today and are due to continue into early next week.
On Wednesday, the Dáil will sit for the third time since the General Election five weeks ago when TDs vote for either Enda Kenny or Mr Martin as Taoiseach.
Fine Gael sources are today pessimistic about the prospect of winning the vote.
And the party came under attack from Independent TD Mattie McGrath this morning, who said communication must be made with Fianna Fail before any policy document is agreed with the Independents.
“We’re not going to be used as pawns in any game and we could pull out at any time,” the Tipperary deputy told reporters.
Meanwhile, the focus in Government Buildings this morning switched to political reform.
In a document distributed at the talks, seen by independent.ie, Mr Kenny reaffirms his commitment to set up a citizen’s convention on the EIghth Amendment.
The document pledges a number of referendums, on issues such as blasphemy and issues such as the constitutional provision regarding the “woman’s life within the home”.