Sinn Fein contacts Fianna Fail leader seeking meeting about forming a government

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin

Sinn Fein lawmaker Eoin O'Broin warned on Friday it would be impossible for his party to form a government without Fianna Fail or Fine Gael.

Independent.ie reports that Fine Gael named its price of sharing power with Fianna Fail, as both parties ruled out the possibility of going into government with Sinn Fein - who won the popular vote in last week's historic general election.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald on Monday said she would attempt to bypass those two parties and form a government of left-wing parties, but on Wednesday the Labour party said it planned to remain in opposition. Both of those parties have pledged not to work with Sinn Fein.

Mary Lou McDonald said it was "disgraceful that the old boys' club of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael believe they can set aside the democratic mandate of Sinn Féin".

"There are a number of minority type administrations that could be put together with each of the three parties involved and essentially underscoring a confidence and supply arrangement", Collins told national broadcaster RTE.

Ministers in Mr Varadkar's party said he would demand a rotating taoiseach role as part of a coalition with Mr Martin's party.

In a nutshell, Fianna Gael won't play nice with Fianna Fail.

And another minister said: "Any coalition would have to be a coalition of equal partners". Varadkar said during the campaign that he would consider entering a full coalition with Fianna Fail for the first time.

However, Deputy O' Cuiv admits while he may not personally like Sinn Fein in Government, the proposal fails to recognise that people clearly voted for change.

Fianna Fail and Fine Gael have dominated Irish politics since it broke from British rule almost a century ago.

"What we have been saying since then is we want a government led by progressive left policies".

Ratings agency S&P Global, which handed EU-member Ireland back its double-A sovereign debt rating in November, said in a note that the election was unlikely to sway economic policy, regardless of the outcome.

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