Just after 10am, Micheál Martin made one of his regular appearances on 'Today with Seán O'Rourke' on RTÉ Radio One. It's where he goes to make significant announcements.
Yesterday, he was updating the public, and presumably the Fianna Fáil membership, on his thoughts following the first official meeting between his party and Fine Gael.
The Fianna Fáil leader tried to ramp up pressure on acting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to enter into more formal government formation talks.
He clearly stated he was interested in going into government with Varadkar and insisted voters would not thank either of them for another election.
His comment followed Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath announcing that the party was "ready for the next step" after the talks with Fine Gael.
The feeling was not mutual. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe made clear Fine Gael was not rushing into any talks and said the onus was still on those who spent nine years trying to oust his party from government.
But Martin was putting his cards on the table now. He made forming a government sound easy.
Varadkar just had to get his act together and they could cobble together a programme for government focusing on the main issues facing the country.
He even suggested he would be open to rotating the office of the Taoiseach with his Fine Gael counterpart.
Not everyone was impressed by the offer to coalesce with Fine Gael, especially those within the Fianna Fáil grassroots. Within an hour, Fianna Fáil Dublin City Councillor Keith Connolly tweeted: "I am totally against this move and I would vote against it at an ard fheis."
Connolly was followed by other grassroot members who took to social media to say they were vehemently against going into government with Fine Gael.
After leaving Montrose, Martin was driven to Leinster House to meet his parliamentary party.
When they met two weeks ago, it had been a fairly sombre affair. There was talk of rebellion beforehand but it never amounted to anything. At the meeting, Martin was given permission to speak to all parties about government formation, apart from Sinn Féin.
But yesterday the mood among the troops was different. Things had changed since they last met. TDs had spent time in their constituencies. They spoke to supporters and local voters. They watched Sinn Féin hold jam-packed public meetings where Mary Lou McDonald was treated like a political messiah.
They also saw last weekend's opinion poll which had Sinn Féin on 35pc and Fianna Fáil on 20pc. They also noted that McDonald's personal satisfaction rating was 53pc while Martin was on 31pc.
All this was playing on their minds, along with the memories of colleagues who failed to get re-elected, when they met in the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party.
But it wasn't Martin's stance on Fine Gael that caused the most anger - rather it was his position on Sinn Féin. Unlike other meetings, it was not just the so-called rebels who raised concerns about Martin's constant criticism of Sinn Féin.
Loyal frontbench TDs who never criticise the leader objected to his refusal to even meet Sinn Féin to discuss its policies.
Party spokespersons Robert Troy and John Lahart said Martin should speak to Sinn Féin and end the non-stop attacks on the party. Seán Fleming, John McGuinness, Éamon Ó Cuív and Joe Flaherty all agreed.
Fleming said the party was doing itself damage by constantly attacking Sinn Féin.
However, most of these TDs stopped short of saying Fianna Fáil should enter into official government negotiations with Sinn Féin.
"There was lot of angst in the room because the lads are getting it in their own constituency," a TD said.
Tipperary TD Jackie Cahill was extremely critical of Fianna Fáil's general election campaign and called for a root and branch review of the party.
Willie O'Dea warned that some TDs would lose their seats if they went back to the country any time soon.
Martin was caught off guard and lashed out at his own TDs.
He reminded them that they gave him a mandate to rule out Sinn Féin only two weeks ago. He said it was not right that they should turn around now and tell him the policy was wrong.
"Micheál was fuming," a TD said. "He had to contain himself before he responded to them."
Another TD said: "He stood up and said: 'We'd a six-hour meeting three weeks ago and you gave me a mandate, I've been following that mandate, and we can't be changing our position every two weeks'."
After nine years and three general elections, it was probably more surprising that Martin had not faced similar criticism sooner.
However, his ambition to form a grand coalition was edging closer while he was coming under attack from his own party.
Around the same time, at the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting, Varadkar told his party that a second election is unlikely to be held. A chink of light in the deadlock, some of his TDs believed. But this might be wishful thinking on their behalf.
And you can be sure once Varadkar hears about calls within Fianna Fáil for more respect to be shown to Sinn Féin, he'll be even less enthusiastic about entering into government talks with Martin.