Coveney apologises for suggesting abolishing Irish Water was on the cards

It is understood that Minister Simon Coveney has apologised to the parliamentary party for seeming to suggest that abolishing Irish Water was on the cards.

The Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil parliamentary parties have been separately meeting this afternoon, ahead of negotiations to try to form a Government.

With no party coming close to an overall majority it is expected that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will reach a deal to form a Government.

Fine Gael's Eoghan Murphy has said though some in the party think they may be better in opposition.

Both sideshave said they will not enter into government at all costs, however Fianna Fáil's Michael McGrath says they all have a responsibility to form a working government.

“It isn’t sustainable to have a caretaker Taoiseach and a caretaker Government.”

It is understood that Minister Simon Coveney has apologised to the parliamentary party for seeming to suggest that abolishing Irish Water was on the cards.

Meanwhile Sinn Fein's David Cullinane seemed to rule them out of government earlier, saying they don't have a mandate.

“There is no mandate for Sinn Féin, unfortunately to form a left Government, the numbers are not there for us.”

Talks and negotiations will continue between parties in the coming days, and likely the coming weeks.

 

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