Monday 21 May 2018

'I know people are frustrated with Government talks' - Varadkar

Health Minister Leo Varadkar. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Health Minister Leo Varadkar. Photo: Frank Mc Grath

Barry Lennon

Health Minister Leo Varadkar said he understood people were "frustrated" as his party's talks with Fianna Fail ended without agreement tonight.

Negotiations to facilitate a minority Fine Gael Government will continue tomorrow again in Trinity College - a neutral venue for both sides.

"The process is slow and we have to refer back to our party leaders. But I think it is fair to say we have made progress today," Mr Varadkar said.

"It's almost two months since the election and I know members of the public as well as politicians are frustrated but I think it's moving in the right direction."

Discussions finished yesterday on Irish Water – an issue both sides disagreed on.

However, Fianna Fail's Michael McGrath said progress had been made on the issue this evening after an hour and half in discussion. 

"(Negotiations) continued across a range of areas and we continued to make progress across the main policy areas such as housing, homelessness," said Mr McGrath.

"We're very focused on supporting families, people with cost of living issues and of course Irish Water."

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