Sinn Féin holds talks with left-wing parties in bid to form a government
Fianna Fáil meets on Thursday for discussions about possible coalition options
Pearse Doherty says Sinn Féin has made contact with the Greens, Solidarity-People Before Profit, Social Democrats and Labour. Photograph: Tom Honan
Sinn Féin held talks with the leaders of a number of left-wing parties on Wednesday as it tries to assess the viability of leading a government without the involvement of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
Labour’s decision not to countenance a return to government, albeit it has offered to play a “constructive” role from the opposition benches, has made an already difficult task even tougher.