Sinn Féin has described Fianna Fáil’s decision not to enter into talks about government formation as “totally untenable.”
The Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, said his party took the decision due to “irreconcilable differences” with Sinn Féin’s economic policies.
Micheál Martin told RTÉ that his party wanted to agree a programme for government with other parties which would “urgently deal with housing, health, climate change, and regional imbalances.”
To achieve that objective, he said his party will meet the Green Party, Labour, Social Democrats and, next week, would contact Fine Gael.
However he said at yesterday’s parliamentary party – all were in full agreement on the decision not to enter into government with Sinn Féin.
However, Sinn Féin has characterised his approach as totally untenable given the election showed the party represents over a half a million people. 
The party contended that Mr Martin should know that people want change, but the party claims the reality is that he has learned nothing from the election.