It may take months to form government, D'Arcy
fine Gael Deputy Michael D'Arcy says he expects it could be several months before a government is formed.
And he says that despite the rhetoric to the contrary, when it comes, it is likely to a coalition of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.
'They may not be at that stage yet and are both going to explore other less stable options. Both parties have an obligation to pursue those options and maybe somebody will come on board.'
'Perhaps Fianna Fail will do a deal with Fine Gael, but I can say categorically there will be no deal between Fine Gael and Sinn Fein or between Fine Gael and the hard left.. that will not happen,' said Deputy D'Arcy.
'But a lot of work had to be concluded before any government is formed. We have an obligation to form a government, a stable government and it's necessary to do what's right in the national interest before party politics and party considerations are taken into account,' he said.
'At the moment there are disparate views and no consensus and in my view we are months aways from forming a government, but as the options become limited the thought processes may change.'
Deputy D'Arcy said there was no appetite for another election, but that didn't mean there wouldn't be one.
'I think it's probably 50-50 right now.'
'But people's views will change. This has happened before in 1989 and 1992. We had two elections in a row and people said they would never do deals, but they did. If Fianna Fail can go into coalition with the Progressive Democrats and Fine Gael with Democratic Left, almost anything can happen.
'We, however, will have nothing to do with Sinn Fein and the hard left,' he said.