Talks on minority Government to centre on water charges today

Dail ChamberTalks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the facilitation of a minority Government will centre on water charges when they resume later. Last night the parties insisted no deal had been done in the area and that they hadn’t even discussed it yesterday. Yestreday it was reported that teh two parties had reached a compromise deal on Irish Water. This would see the commercial semi state go into full public ownership as a state company and charges suspended until a fairer regime could be put in place. That led to a cool reception from Fianna Fáil TDs who said it didn’t meet enough of what they promised in the election. Last night negotiators insisted they hadn’t even discussed it yesterday – Fine Gael’s Simon Coveney. And Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen insisted it’s not all about water. The talks will resume later this morning and both ides insist will continue throughout the weekend if necessary.