THE Irish government has said it is "examining its options" regarding the evacuation of Irish citizens on board a cruise ship in Japan where hundreds of cases of coronavirus have been confirmed among passengers.
THE GREEN Party's leader in the Republic Eamon Ryan has invited all parties to bilateral meetings this week as attempts continue to break the impasse surrounding who will form the next Dublin government.
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.
FIANNA Fáil will today embark on a major charm offensive with Fine Gael in an effort to form a new government in the Republic after its parliamentary party agreed not to enter into talks with Sinn Féin.
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".