Irish water brought government formation talks to a halt

Fianna Fail are pushing for a five-year suspension

Irish Water, treatment plants, Galway, rural, boil water notices, Paul Melia, Cork, Arklow

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Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil ground to a halt last night over Irish Water.

Fine Gael says it's still awaiting an answer to its latest proposal - which would see water charges temporarily suspended.

The possibility of setting up a commission to examine the future of the utility is being considered.

But Fianna Fáil's Barry Cowen says they're still pushing for a five-year suspension:

But Fine Gael's Simon Coveney indicated they're anxious to conclude discussions: