The acting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told a meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party that he "relishes the challenge" to lead the Opposition.
The party met for six hours today to discuss their next steps amid government formation talks.
Meanwhile, the leader of Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald, has said the party will be "intensifying" its discussions to form a government this week.
Consultations are continuing between the Irish Coast Guard and Cork County Council in relation to the cargo ship washed up in Cork after Storm Dennis.
The 10 crew of the Alta abandoned it in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean 16 months ago after its engines failed.
The council has consulted with the Coast Guard and they've agreed to have an initial assessment of pollution risk carried out tomorrow.
Speed camera vans are operating in hundreds of new locations all over the country from Monday morning.
The monitoring network is being expanded, with over 1,300 stretches of road now marked for enforcement.
Gardaí are increasing the number of areas where drivers' speed is being monitored after reviewing nearly a decade of data.
A Magdalene survivor, who has described her upbringing as being "like a horror story", is taking her case to the United Nations.
The UN Committee Against Torture has begun an investigation into the State's treatment of 70-year-old Elizabeth Coppin.
The case could have implications for the State's approach to historical abuse.
Ten people have been arrested after a multi-agency operation focused on immigration.
Gardaí attached to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) conducted two separate operations in conjunction with the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and the Department of Social Protection.
These were carried out January 30th and February 11th.
Main image: The MV Alta. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision