Kenny prepared to talk with FF 'to build a better future'
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has hinted that he is preparing to hold talks with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin in the national interest.
The Fine Gael leader told an audience at a 1916 event yesterday that politicians need to learn from "the bloody experience of those early days of our State".
"We have learned that the only way forward as a nation is to sit down together, work hard, and build a better future," he said.
"When it comes to imagining the next 100 years of the Irish State, I hope that every custodian of Ireland's democratic tradition can protect the public's trust in them by putting the people and the national interest first."
Mr Kenny said he has been "deeply honoured and humbled" to have been Taoiseach for the past five years.
"There have been difficult times for our people and our country," he said.
Fine Gael is working on a discussion paper on housing that will form the basis of a second round of intensive talks with 15 Independent TDs and the Green Party at Government Buildings on Tuesday.
The Independent Alliance's six TDs and the Green Party also plan to meet with Fianna Fail on Wednesday as the clock ticks down towards the next Dail sitting on April 6.
Fine Gael sources say they are hopeful some independents will back Mr Kenny in the election for Taoiseach on that date.
Westmeath TD Kevin 'Boxer' Moran has told how he was described as a "brave man" by Fine Gael officials after challenging Mr Kenny on whether his position is under threat from his own ministers.
"I asked him would he be pushed aside and I also asked him would there be a heave against him, and if there was, would there be a chance Fine Gael would go on to do a deal with Fianna Fail and Independents," Mr Moran said.