Water charges will be suspended at the end of the current billing cycle, according to the government chief whip Regina Doherty.
Latest: The Independent Alliance says it is very optimistic to think a deal could be done by Thursday.
An Independent Alliance TD says he does not think a new Taoiseach and Government will be appointed on Wednesday.
A row has broken out between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael over comments made by a senior negotiator in the minority government talks, writes Elaine Loughlin of the Irish Examiner.
Latest: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says the vast majority of the electorate are not in favour of another general election.
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused Fianna Fáil of reneging on their election promises and of working to put acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny back into power, writes Juno McEnroe of the Irish Examiner.
Talks on government formation have broken up for the day without any discussion on Irish Water.
Latest: Fianna Fáil TDs have hardened in their stance on Irish water, insisting the utility be abolished and water charges suspended, writes Daniel McConnell of the Irish Examiner.
Fine Gael has rejected Fianna Fáil demands to defer all water charges until every house in the country is metered as the move would effectively hand Micheál Martin’s party victory in ongoing talks on Irish Water write Fiachra Ó Cionnaith and Juno McEnroe.
Fine Gael TDs could be asked to consider compromise proposals for the future of Irish Water today .
Latest: Negotiators from Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have adjourned their talks for this evening to resume again tomorrow.
Labour has confirmed its intention to stay in Opposition after several days of speculation that the bruised party was considering returning to power with Fine Gael, writes Juno McEnroe, Political Correspondent.
Government formation talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are proceeding well and may be wrapped up over the next two days, say sources involved in negotiations.
Fine Gael negotiator Paschal Donohoe has said that the two main parties are working hard to reach a deal.
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have been accused of having their minds on another election rather than forming a government.
Talks on the formation of a minority government are due to continue this morning.
The acting Justice Minister has said it is "unlikely" there will be a vote to elect a new Taoiseach this week.
Labour TD Willie Penrose has said the party has no mandate to go back into government.
It's 53 days since the General Election - and government formation talks finally appear to be making progress.
Latest: TD John Halligan has admitted there are differences within the Independent Alliance group about whether to join a Government that includes the Labour Party.