Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said it is too early to say whether his party will be entering government with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

In an interview with RTÉ's Six One News, when asked if he would press to become Taoiseach in any new coalition, Mr Ryan said: "That's not on our agenda at all."  

He said his parliamentary party is going through the Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael policy document in detail and will be getting back to both parties in the next day or two, asking questions and looking for clarifications.

Mr Ryan said he does not believe there is any environmental upside from the coronavirus but it has shown our connection to nature and our connection to each other.

Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin and Fine Gael's Leo Varadkar plan to meet the leaders of the three smaller parties, once they have given a formal response to the joint document on government formation.

Earlier today, Mr Varadkar said he had not ruled out the possibility that a leader from one of the smaller parties could become Taoiseach, for a period, in any new coalition government.

As well as Mr Ryan's Green Party, the Social Democrats and Labour parties are still considering the joint policy document published last week, which Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael hope could pave the way for coalition talks.

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It is believed the smaller parties could finalise their views - which may be in the form of a series of questions -  as early as the weekend.

RTÉ News understands that, after those responses have been received, Mr Martin and Mr Varadkar plan to sit down with the leaders of the three smaller parties for separate meetings. The aim, it would appear, is to inject some vigour into what has been a stop-start negotiating process.

Speaking in Dublin today, Mr Varadkar did not want to rule anything in, or anything out, when asked if a leader from one of the smaller parties could become Taoiseach.

Instead, he said, they were willing to listen to any proposal put forward by the smaller parties.

One thing Mr Varadkar was very firm about, however, was the requirement for one of the smaller parties to enter into a coalition - if Fine Gael was to be part of the next government.

That raises a significant question about what would happen if all three smaller parties chose not to go into government, and Fine Gael disengaged from the entire process.