FIANNA Fail have rejected the offer from Fine Gael to be part of a ‘partnership government’.
Today’s meeting between party leaders Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny lasted just 10 minutes.
Sources said Fine Gael felt their offer of a partnership Government was rejected with “serious haste” and that this was “extremely disappointing”.
During the meeting Mr Kenny said that his offer still stands and that he hopes that FF will reconsider it.
There was no discussion of a minority government during the meeting.
However, Mr Kenny has already said that he does not see this option working.
Earlier, Mr Kenny got unanimous support from his parliamentary party for his approach to forming a government during a meeting described by one minister as “incredibly united”.