The Tánaiste has thanked Fianna Fáil for its constructive co-operation and professionalism in assisting the Government to introduce legislation during this Dáil term.

Simon Coveney was speaking during the last Dáil sitting day before the two-month summer break.

He said the Government and the Dáil had been able to do things that many thought it could not achieve.

This Oireachtas has enacted 36 Acts since last September and some 49 pieces of legislation since Leo Varadkar became Taoiseach.

The Tánaiste's remarks will be interpreted by many as an overture from Fine Gael in advance of the Taoiseach and the Fianna Fáil leader meeting.

This meeting is expected to take place next week amid sharp differences between the two parties around when talks about possibly renewing the Confidence and Supply Agreement should begin.

The Taoiseach wants talks on this subject to get under way in advance of October's budget, while Fianna Fáil insists these discussions take place in November.

A failure to resolve these differences would increase speculation that a general election could take place this autumn.

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl said that in the course of the term, they had had 68 sittings.

He said that 79 bills had been published - 58 in the Dáil and 21 in the Seanad.

He wished all the TDs a good summer, adding: "Can I recommend to you that you try and find some downtime for yourselves in the course of the summer period.

"The cynics out there would believe that we're embarking on a two-month holiday. Those of us who live the life know that the situation is quite different."