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Independents hold the sway of power as Dail meets to nominate taoiseach

Enda Kenny said the vote on nominations for taoiseach will go ahead today when the Dail reconvenes again

Talks to establish a minority government failed to reach a conclusion last night as the Dail prepared to vote for a taoiseach today.

Fine Gael, expressed frustration at Fianna Fáil's failure to produce a policy document that meant substantive talks between the two parties failed to materialise.

Fianna Fáil said the party's policy document was not ready to give to Fine Gael.

Earlier, the Fine Gael parliamentary party decided to support forming a partnership government or a Fine Gael-led minority government.

There are still 13 independent TDs who have not yet declared who they will back in today's vote, but their decisions will be crucial as to whether a minority government can be formed.

Independent TD John Halligan has withdrawn from the talks and Kerry TD Danny Healy Rea has said at this stage he will not be backing either Michael Martin or Enda Kenny for taoiseach.

The alternative to that will be the calling of fresh elections.

Despite uncertainty Enda Kenny said the vote on nominations for taoiseach will go ahead today when the Dail reconvenes again, seven weeks after elections took place in the Republic.

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