Don’t expect a government… April 20, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
the Dáil convenes today – the fifth time since the General Election.
The will be statements on health this morning followed by statements on insurance costs this afternoon.
A vote on nominations for taoiseach is not on the agenda.
RTE suggests that all is relatively well between FF and FG:
Irish Water and water charges are contentious issues for the two parties.
Fine Gael went into the negotiations in favour of a national utility and an affordable regime.
Fianna Fáil favoured abolishing Irish Water and suspending the charges for five years.
However, it is understood there has been movement on both sides although there was no agreement on the issue.
The IT seems to suggest otherwise;
The two parties remain divided on the principle of paying for water, however. Fianna Fáil fears that a failure to abolish charges will be used against it. Fine Gael, on the other hand, has repeatedly committed itself to maintaining a charge.
However, both sides are said to have made significant progress on the arrangements to facilitate a minority government. Chief among these is a “no surprises” rule – frequent briefings for Fianna Fáil by government officials.
Fine Gael has baulked at some of Fianna Fáil’s demands, with sources complaining privately to each other that they were being criticised for “not clearing up Fianna Fáil’s mess quickly enough”.
Mind you this is the same IT that in the space of twelve hours in respect of the same letter from Joan Burton decided it was initially about the LP ‘considering its role in the formation of a government’, then in a reemphasis and slightly rewritten piece signalling the LP ‘should not re-enter government’ and then that the LP was ‘telling the LP to prepare for an election’.
Quite some letter – eh?