« BackHealy-Rae says May election likely if no agreement on Irish Water

michael healy rae TD kerry southDeputy Michael Healy-Rae it will be extremely difficult for Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to find common ground on Irish Water.

He says this should be the first item on the agenda when Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin meet later.

The Kilgarvan TD is also looking for concrete assurances from any party or future Governement that social welfare payments will still be issued by cheque, which is a vital part of the Post Office network.

Deputy Healy-Rae says there is a lot of common ground on many issues but Irish Water could be the major stumbling block for the two biggest political parties:

Meanwhile, Michael’s brother Deputy Danny Healy-Rae says he will not vote for Enda Kenny or Micheál Martin to become Taoiseach today.

Danny Healy-Rae believes following Fine Gael’s publication of a policy document the party didn’t really want to listen or recognise Independent TDs.

He says issues raised at the talks have been omitted including cutbacks to home help hours.

He says he would be unable to support Deputy Martin as negotiations with Fianna Fail are at an early stage and he believes the party really wants to stay on the opposition benches for another year or two.