Minority governments will be the new normal
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have gained ground since 2016 and are set to remain big players in an increasingly fragmented Dáil
As they sat down in conference room 716 at the end of a bridge connecting Government Buildings and Leinster House on Thursday, there was an air of familiarity between the negotiating teams of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
The sort of suspicion that characterised the last time both parties had met in this room - in their first tentative steps around forming a government after the inconclusive general election result of 2016 - was absent.
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