No agreement reached on water charges at Cabinet

Today's cabinet meeting has ended without a deal on water charges.

However sources on both sides of the government said progress has been made on some of the outstanding issues.

A special cabinet meeting could be convened in the coming days if advisors from Fine Gael and Labour are able to reach a final deal.

Earlier Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin was critical of the Government's rush to make the final decisions before the local elections.

"It's at the eleventh hour that we now see the ability to pay mechanism coming into play … the issue of the standing charge - we don't know whether it's going to be abolished, reduced, or what," he said.

"And we still have no idea … what their bills would be. We still have no clarity."

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