Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he intends to serve a full term as head of Government, but not to lead Fine Gael into the next election.
Speaking in Castlebar this afternoon, Mr Kenny also said he intends to name his ministers of State and Seanad appointees later this week.
He said he wanted to ensure that each junior minister has a specific focus to allow them to deliver targeted goals.
On his Seanad nominees, he said it was a case of "many are called but few are chosen".
Mr Kenny also said that the new administration will carry out its business on the basis that there would be good faith and no surprises.
He said Fianna Fáil had agreed to support the Government on that basis, and while there would be occasional disagreements between the parties he was hopeful that what he called the "new politics" would deliver results for the benefit of the country.
Mr Kenny said there were between 600 and 700 commitments in the Programme for Government and that he would start meeting individual ministers next week to discuss their priorities.
He said Committee chairs would be better equipped to get agreement on new legislation and that this is essential to ensure a properly functioning parliament.