Friday 9 December 2016

Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin meet for 'cordial chat' after government talks stall unexpectedly

Niall O'Connor and Cormac McQuinn

Published 22/04/2016 | 21:19

Party leaders Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin Photo:
Party leaders Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin Photo:

ACTING Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin spoke this evening after talks aimed at resolving the political impasse stalled unexpectedly.

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The two political leaders held what was described as a "cordial chat" just hours after the talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil hit a snag over Irish Water.

Mr Kenny and Mr Martin are due to resume talks tomorrow - in what could potentially determine whether the country faces another General Election.

Sources in both parties tonight said there were a number of sticking points in areas such as rural affairs, education and housing.

But the major difficulty encountered during the talks at Trinity College foccused around Irish Water.

Fine Gael has offered a package of alowances and waivers that would see 600,000 households escape water bills.

But Fianna Fáil is standing by its demand to suspend charges and abolish Irish Water.

The two parties threw the discussions back to their respective leaders who are understood to have spoken on the phone this evening.

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