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Monday 20 January 2020

Mattie McGrath: Labour in government again would be 'total anathema to the public'

Mattie McGrath Photo: Arthur Carron
Mattie McGrath Photo: Arthur Carron
Barry Lennon

Barry Lennon

Independent TD Mattie McGrath said Labour returning to Government would be “total anathema to the public.”

He said Labour leader Joan Burton “got a feeling for that” when she went back to her members to talk about the proposal to return.

Mr McGrath added Fine Gael attempted “to demonise Independents” by revealing the €13bn cost of their demands, as a price for seeking their support.

When asked when he believes talks will end, he said@: “only God knows.”

Meanwhile, Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh said “Irish Water was not the only issue on the doorsteps” as both his party and Fianna Fail look to agree on it.

Mr McHugh said he had lost “good colleagues” over the concern but said other issues needed to be discussed.

Fianna Fail's John McGuinnesss is expected to meet to discuss a deal to facilitate a Fine Gael minority Government with colleagues next week.

“Concessions (on Irish Water) have to be made, we're here over 50 days,” he said.

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