Government formation talks to continue today and appear to be making progress

?The future of Irish Water and water charges is expected to be discussed by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil during coalition talks today. According to the Irish Times, optimism was expressed by several sources last night, that the various strands of talks are nearing conclusion. Yesterday, president Michael D. Higgins spoke out about the ongoing political stalemate – saying he hopes the result will be ‘to the benefit of the Irish people’.