Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to begin coalition talks following tomorrow’s Dáil meeting

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Credit: The Guardian

Finance Minister Michael Noonan announced in Brussels yesterday that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will begin talks on forming a coalition after the Dáil meets tomorrow.

Mr Noonan also suggested that Fine Gael would be open to discussing issues relating to Irish Water, although they will not compromise on the precise structure of water charges.

AAA-PBP TD Gino Kenny believes, however, that this the beginning of the end of the water charges. “The contagion has set in,” he said on Claire Byrne Live on Monday night.

Enda Kenny admitted on Monday that he does not expect to be re-elected as Taoiseach. He indicated that a Taoiseach will not be elected when the 32nd Dáil meets for the first time tomorrow.

If Mr Kenny is not re-elected as Taoiseach, he will be forced to resign, under constitutional law. His party may then have to begin talks with Fianna Fáil about a coalition.

Talks continued between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance in Leinster House yesterday. The alliance have not indicated whether they will support Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil.

Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance defended his comment about Taoiseach Enda Kenny being “a political corpse”. He also said that Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin brought more energy to his talks with the Independents.

When asked about which of the leaders he would be supporting, Independent Alliance TD Michael Fitzmaurice said: “It’s the first meetings. You’re not going to jump into bed with someone on your first meeting.” He was interviewed alongside Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó’Cuív on Claire Byrne Live on Monday night.

158 TDs will gather in Leinster House tomorrow to cast their votes on who they want to lead the next government. Enda Kenny, Micheál Martin and Gerry Adams are all set to be nominated for Taoiseach.

Aoibheann Diver

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