« BackHealy-Rae says there should be Dáil debate on Irish Water

The Fianna Fáil leader says he’s prepared to go back to the ballot box if a deal isn’t possible with Fine Gael on Irish Water.

The two parties are resuming talks around now after becoming deadlocked last night on the legth of time to suspend charges.

Fianna Fáil says they must go for the lifetime of the 32nd Dáil, but Fine Gael’s unwilling to go beyond nine months until a new charging structure is put in place.

Micheál Martin says efforts are continuing to try and do a deal.

Meanwhile, Deputy Michael Healy-Rae says TDs should be allowed to debate the Irish Water issue.

MIchael Healy RaeThe independent TD from Kerry, along with a number of deputies, has criticised today’s order of business in the Dáil.

Today’s schedule consists solely of statements on mental health which are due to conclude at 6.30pm.

Deputy Healy-Rae has praised efforts by negotiators in Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to reach a deal that would support a minority Fine Gael government.

He says a Dáil debate might help break the stalemate on Irish Water.