FF will not compromise on water, says Ó Cuív
Fianna Fáil's Éamon Ó Cuív has indicated the party would not be prepared to compromise on the issue of water charges in any negotiations with Fine Gael on the formation of a new government.
Mr Ó Cuív (pictured) was responding after the Irish Independent revealed that Fine Gael would be willing to drop its plan to completely abolish the Universal Social Charge if Fianna Fáil rowed back on its demand that water charges are suspended. He said: "You can't have a government which you think is not going to follow the policy which you think is correct."
The Galway West TD said: "We have given a huge number of commitments, of which the water charge is one.
"People seem to think that the only difference between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael is some minor difference on USC and water charges.
"We have a totally different approach to how this country should go forward." Asked on Newstalk Lunchtime whether Enda Kenny or Micheál Martin will have the support to become Taoiseach when the Dáil sits again on April 6, Mr Ó Cuív said: "I can't tell you that.
"There are negotiations going on. There are so many combinations and permutations in the Dáil at the moment."
Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said yesterday that while there are various combinations in the Dáil, "It seems to me a Fine Gael-led government is the most likely outcome."
"There's a duty on Fianna Fáil and a duty on smaller parties to play their part," he said.