No discussion on Irish Water during today's government formation talks

Talks on government formation have broken up for the day without any discussion on Irish Water.

Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil deny that a deal has been reached on Irish Water and say the matter was not brought up during four hours of talks today.

Talks will resume tomorrow, with Fianna Fáil saying issues like health and childcare also need to be resolved.

Fine Gael's Simon Coveney has more time is needed to examine some of the issues on water charges.

“It’s (Irish Water) is quite a technical and complex issue, as well as a political one,” said Coveney.

“We needed to take technical advice from water experts, in terms of insuring that anything we discuss and potentially agree actually works.

“There’s been ongoing work from technical experts on a water proposal, that’s been happening today.”

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