Fianna Fáil TD Jim O'Callaghan has said that Fianna Fáil may have been too definitive in ruling out a government with Sinn Féin and said he would "go along" with the idea of a national government to deal with the coronavirus. 

Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon insisted a functioning government was in place and that there were daily meetings of the emergency committee dealing with coronavirus.

He said the Taoiseach would have no issue in talking to other leaders and there was already full dialogue between the Minister for Health and other health spokespeople. 

He also said that the Cabinet sub-committee dealing with Covid-19 would meet tomorrow to sign off on sick pay proposals and if emergency legislation was needed, the Dáil would reconvene.

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith said that nobody regarded the current "caretaker government" as the real government and she said she expected it would listen carefully to proposals from employers' body Ibec and the Construction Industry Federation on sick pay plans.

Sinn Féin health spokesperson Louise O'Reilly said there was an information deficit and party leaders needed to be called in to be involved in the information process and to understand the criteria for deciding on cancelling mass gatherings. 

Asked about a Sunday newspaper story that he was being approached to replace Micheál Martin as leader of Fianna Fáil, Jim O'Callaghan said he knew nothing of such a "secret plan" until he was called by the newspaper yesterday.

He said he was happy with Mr Martin's leadership but he said others obviously were concerned.

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