Fine Gael negotiators aim to finish talks with Fianna Fail by Saturday - Coveney
Published 21/04/2016 | 21:05
Fine Gael's Simon Coveney says negotiators aim to finish talks with Fianna Fail by Saturday but must get through Irish Water first.
Both parties will discuss the controversial issue and other topics tomorrow to try reach agreement which facilitates a minority Government.
“There's a lot of people watching this process. We're conscious of that and we're looking to close out that process over the next two days,” he said tonight after over four hours of talks.
Both parties did not discuss Irish Water today as Mr Coveney said they were awaiting advice from technical advisors tonight.
“We didn't talk about Irish Water because it's a complex technical issue as well as a political one,” Mr Coveney added.
“We needed to take advice from water experts to ensure that anything we potentially agree actually works.”
“We'll get that (advice) this evening and discuss it late tomorrow morning when we meet again.”
Fianna Fail's Barry Cowen dismissed reports that both sides reached agreement on Irish Water.
“We'll be here tomorrow and if we haven't reached agreement we'll be here the next day,” Mr Cowen said.
“People are saying this taking a long time. I'd rather have an agreement that we're all happy with so we can serve the people well.”