Labour looking at return to coalition with Fine Gael

Ireland has now entered day 50 without a government

As Ireland enters day 50 without a government, the Labour Party have stated that they are considering a return to coalition with Fine Gael. 

Talks between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are set to continue on Monday, with contact being maintained throughout the weekend, but acting Minister for Children James Reilly says a written agreement will be necessary for any coalition to work.

In the absence of any such agreement, Labour are also continuing to explore their options and could be open to a return to coalition with Fine Gael. 

According to RTÉ, it is one of three options currently being explored by the party, who are also looking at outright opposition, as well as supporting a Fine Gael led government from the benches. 

According to the Irish Times, Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has said he will not block Labour's participation in a government set up. 

Official negotiations, aimed at forming a Fine Gael led minority Government, will resume on Monday.

Friday's talks, which came off the back of a phone call between Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin which was described as coriald and professional, were believed to be brief.

Via The Irish Times