''We're looking at the end of April'' - Political editor suspects that we're no closer to forming a new Government

Shane Colemen offered his insights into the current situation on the Breakfast show

The country has already endured 40 days without the formation of a new Government after the General Election, and Newstalk's political editor fears that we could be in the desert for a little longer.

It was previously believed that today would be the landmark moment when newly elected TDs would vote for a new Taoiseach but it seems that some representatives are yet to settle on a preference.

Leaders of the major parties have spent the last number of days frantically trying to secure the allegiance of Independent TD's. Included in these attempts is an extensively compiled document from Fine Gael which outlines a number of Independent friendly objectives, aimed at solidifying a partnership with the them.

Cornerstone issues concerning broadband problems, a lack of GP's and school closures in rural localities, dominate the draft of over 100 pages, but Shane Coleman believes that it is in danger of being too 'aspirational.'

''There's a lot of wishful thinking it it, it's almost a wishlist of what Independents want. There's nothing terribly radical (in the document) but let's remember, I don't think TD's aren't looking for anything particularly radical. They're not particularly ideological.''

On the subject of who the Independents will cast their vote for, both presenter Ivan Yeats, and Shane Coleman, agreed that Michael Lowry will give the nod to Enda Kenny but Coleman fears that the others remain undecided.

''It seems almost certain that the Independents won't vote for anyone and the same goes for the rural TD's. Today is actually day one of forming a Government. It was necessary to get to this point. The election result was so fragmented.''

''I certainly thing we're looking at the end of April before a Government will be put together.''

On the Fianna Fail front, the Sunday Show presenter said that the party's proposed stance on the water charges could lead to another election.

''I think there's a real danger in relation to Irish Water that they could walk themselves into another general election. I don't think it is feasible, the idea of abolishing Irish water.''