Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin met this evening to discuss the Confidence and Supply Agreement.

Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will now appoint negotiating teams this week and formal discussions will take place next week.

This evening's meeting effectively sets in train the review of the agreement, which keeps the Government in place.

However, the meeting does not make it any clearer if both parties will be able to put a deal together that would extend the life of the administration beyond the Brexit talks.

All sides believe that no election should be held until there is clarity around Brexit.

The meeting took place in Leinster House and lasted for around an hour. 

Last week, Mr Martin wrote a letter to the Taoiseach, saying that a General Election should be avoided until a Brexit deal had been finalised.

The Taoiseach has previously called for the agreement to be renewed until 2020.