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Martin prepares to turn the screw on Varadkar in his bid for grand coalition

Fianna Fáil leader still seeking path to government as Taoiseach tenders his resignation to President

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Farewell: Leo Varadkar waves as he leaves Áras an Uachtaráin after tendering his resignation as Taoiseach to President Michael D Higgins last night. PHOTO: BRIAN LAWLESS

Farewell: Leo Varadkar waves as he leaves Áras an Uachtaráin after tendering his resignation as Taoiseach to President Michael D Higgins last night. PHOTO: BRIAN LAWLESS

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Farewell: Leo Varadkar waves as he leaves Áras an Uachtaráin after tendering his resignation as Taoiseach to President Michael D Higgins last night. PHOTO: BRIAN LAWLESS

Micheál Martin will ramp up pressure on Leo Varadkar to form a grand coalition after the first Dáil vote for a Taoiseach resulted in a stalemate.

Mr Martin spoke to Mr Varadkar last night about government formation and the Taoiseach said he would enter "exploratory talks" with the Fianna Fáil leader.

Fine Gael also accepted the offer from the Greens for exploratory talks next week.