Independent TDs to play waiting game

Local Independent TDs Denis Naughten and Michael Fitzmaurice both met Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in separate meetings on Wednesday morning about the possibility of supporting a government with either of their parties. 

  Deputy Naughten described his encounters as “very constructive”. He said that, as of now, he had no preference about which leader he would prefer to coalesce with.

  “Not at this stage. I am going to see the colour of their money now in relation to what I have suggested,” he said. 

  Today (Thursday), a vote will take place to elect a Taoiseach in the Dáil, but no candidate is expected to have a majority.

  Deputy Naughten intends abstaining, while Deputy Fitzmaurice said that the Independent Alliance, of which he is a member, would meet before the vote to decide their voting intentions.

  Asked whether he would prefer to do business with Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael, Deputy Fitzmaurice said: “I think it is too early. This is like the first dance.”