There's little hope of a Taoiseach being elected today when the Dail reconvenes, 40 days after the General Election.
Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin have finally agreed to talk face-to-face for the first time this evening.
But it remains to be seen if the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil leaders can come to an arrangement which would see a minority government led by one and supported by the other.
Donegal TD Charlie Mc Conalogue has been one of the Fianna Fail negotiators in the ongoing discussions with independents, and rejects claims that those talks have been meaningless.
He believes the stated will of the people is that the current government be replaced, and that Michael Martin become Taoiseach.
One thing he doesn't believe is on the cards is another election next month.
Deputy Mc Conalogue says the talks over the past number of weeks have been very important.........