Tuesday 27 June 2017

Fine Gael passes motion reaffirming commitment to maintaining national utility for water

Enda Kenny. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
Enda Kenny. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

FINE Gael politicians have passed a motion reaffirming the party’s commitment to maintaining a national utility for water in a move that will make the prospect of forming a government with Fianna Fáil far more difficult.

At the parliamentary party meeting in Leinster House,  Enda Kenny said tomorrow’s vote for Taoiseach is going ahead as planned.

He told TDs that postponing the vote would require Fianna Fáil support and this appears unlikely at this stage.

The vote is likely to be inconclusive - meaning the political impasse will continue into next week.

At tonight’s meeting, there was strong views raised over the issue of water charges. A motion reaffirming the party’s commitment to a national utility was passed.

In his address, Mr Kenny said the party is committed to a “contributory regime” but did not use the watr charges.

Talks between the two party’s negotiation teams are due to continue late into the evening. Documents outlining the party’s position about forming a new government will be exchanged.

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