Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have finally agreed a minority government deal after weeks of negotiations, paving the way now potentially for a vote for Taoiseach for next week, writes Irish Examiner political correspondent Juno McEnroe.
A prominent member of the Fine Gael party has defended Enda Kenny's deal with Fianna Fáil to form a Government.
Further talks are due today to finalise a deal which will pave the way for a Fine Gael-led minority Government.
Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on Government formation will resume tomorrow.
Sinn Féin has labelled the latest deal on water charges “an award-winning fudge”.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are inching towards a deal on the formation of a minority government which could see Enda Kenny re-elected Taoiseach within days.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have edged closer to agreeing a government formation deal in a bid to avoid a snap election, after the government party was forced into a major water charges climbdown.
The Dáil will debate water charges tomorrow - but a vote on scrapping or suspending them is unlikely.
Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has raised the spectre of a second General Election, having told the Cabinet this morning that it was the very likely last time they would meet, write Daniel McConnell and Juno McEnroe.
Former Fianna Fáil Minister Pat Carey has warned politicians would get an angry reception on the doorsteps if another election is called.
Acting Minister for Public Reform Brendan Howlin has suggested that Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin discuss a coalition, as they have similar positoins on Irish Water.
Irish Water remains the major stumbling block for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as Government formation talks resume this morning.
Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have ended in stalemate this evening but are to reconvene tomorrow, writes Irish Examiner Political Editor Daniel McConnell.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil representatives are due to meet again today, following direct talks between Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny at the weekend.
Micheál Martin has said he hopes negotiations on the formation of a minority government can come to a conclusion early next week.
The acting Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan has said she hopes Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil can agree a deal on some form of government.
Mary Lou McDonald has dubbed Fianna Fáil as “Sinn Féin lite” for borrowing the election promise to scrap water charges.
The leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have met at Government Buildings this morning to discuss the impasse in forming a government.
Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin spoke by telephone last night and have agreed to talk again today.
Latest: Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin have spoken by telephone this evening to discuss the impasse.