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Irish election: Talks on minority government to resume on Monday

Enda Kenny and Michael Martin
Image caption Acting Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny leads the Fine Gael party while Micheál Martin (right) is the leader of the largest opposition party, Fianna Fáil

Talks between the Republic of Ireland's two main political parties on forming a minority government will resume on Monday.

On Friday the two parties held discussions on the premise that Fianna Fáil will facilitate Fine Gael to lead the next government.

The talks centred on the parameters of those negotiations.

They were described as "constructive" by both parties.

Speaking on state broadcaster RTÉ, Minister for Defence and Agriculture Simon Coveney said "long and difficult" negotiations will take place with Fianna Fáil, but he is hopeful a minority government will be formed by the middle of next week.

On Thursday, the leaders of both parties were rejected for the third time in a vote for taoiseach.

Fine Gael's Enda Kenny, was rejected with 52 voting for and 77 against.

His rival, Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin, was defeated with 43 votes in favour and 91 against.