Government formation talks resume later today, with negotiators from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party focusing initially on transport.

Government formation talks resume later today, with negotiators from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party focusing initially on transport.
It is expected that two plenary sessions today will attempt to sign-off on a range of text, ahead of an expected meeting by the three party leaders tomorrow.
Today is viewed as a key day in the long-running efforts to finalise a programme for government, after a significant amount of text redrafting was completed yesterday.
The three parties hope that text can be signed-off in the plenary sessions, and this will deliver a sense of moment to a negotiations process which has been plagued by missed deadlines.
Tuesday and Wednesday of next week are being talked as possible dates when a draft programme could be finalised.
However, some involved in the talks process think that negotiations could drift into Thursday before a deal is done.
The three party leaders are expected to meet tomorrow during which some of the outstanding issues could be tackled.
These include agriculture, transport, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, the pension age, housing, deficit reduction and direct provision.