Kenny and Martin speak to resolve talks impasse

FG-FF negotiators call on party leaders to get involved

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The government talks have reached an impasse - with Fine Gael and Fianna Fail saying party leaders now need to get involved.

The two parties say they can't reach a deal on several issues, and need to get further instructions before talks can continue.

Fianna Fáil's Jim O'Callaghan says the disputes can be overcome - but the negotiating teams can't move forward without leaders being consulted first.

He says water is not the only issue on which the parties are deadlocked.

"Well I don't believe any problems are insurmountable, if there is compromise on both sides those problems can be resolved. But we have reached a stage now where we have been talking for a while, and fundamental matters which need to be resolved haven't been resolved as yet.

"We don't think they are going to be resolved without further instructions from our respective leaders."

Fine Gael's Paschal Donohoe says a deal is possible, but says his party will honour the support it received from the voters.

"I believe we are capable of dealing with the matters that are there. They are difficult issues for both parties, and that is why we believe it is appropriate at this stage that we get instructions and guidance from our party leaders on these matters." 


Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin have spoken by telephone this evening to discuss the impasse.

It's understood they'll speak again in the morning, before the negotiating teams return to Trinity College.