Friday 20 July 2018

Fianna Fáil negotiator Jim O'Callaghan: We 'cannot reach agreement' with Fine Gael on issues like Irish Water

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

Barry Lennon

FIANNA FAIL negotiator Jim O'Callaghan says his party “cannot reach agreement” with Fine Gael on issues including Irish Water as talks failed to finish succesfully tonight.

Mr O'Callaghan said both parties reached an impasse and need “further instruction” from their party leaders to proceed.

The newly elected TD said the parties planned to meet again over the weekend to find agreement which would facilitate a Fine Gael-led minority government.

“I don't believe any problems are insurmountable... but we have reached a stage where we've been talking for a while and there's a number of matters which... need further instructions from our respective leaders,” he said.

“The issues involve a variety of matters in the area of housing, in the area of education, rural affairs and indeed water.”

Fine Gael's Paschal Donohoe said the problem areas are “difficult for both parties” and added his negotiation team would brief the party leader, Enda Kenny tonight.

“There are a number of important matters at stake here. We will be working on those for as long as we can to reach agreement, if it's possible to reach agreement,” Mr Donohue said.

Talks finished in Trinity College's Biomedical Science Institute tonight having failed to avail of the building's 24-hour opening hours.

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