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Coalition options closing down and paving way for second election

John Manley
EFFORTS to form a government in the Republic continue to flounder after brief talks yesterday between the leaders of Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil failed to yield any breakthrough Meanwhile, Fine Gael has appeared to rule out a confidence and supply agreement with Fianna Fáil.

Sinn Féin opens discussions with potential coalition partners

John Manley
THE Sinn Féin negotiating team aiming to create a coalition government in the Republic will meet with the Greens again over the coming days after initial discussions between the parties were described by Mary Lou McDonald as "very useful and constructive".