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Micheal Martin. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Micheal Martin. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

AFP via Getty Images

Micheal Martin. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

The State pension age remains one of the key stumbling blocks in the government formation talks.

The three party leaders involved in negotiations met yesterday to try to resolve differences on plans to increase the age to 67 next year.

However, after a four-hour meeting between Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan, agreement had not been reached and their negotiating teams will have to find a resolution in the coming days.