Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to Meet Today to Discuss Government Options
News this morning confirmed that 156 of 158 seats have been filled in the Dáil.
With 50 seats, Fine Gael remain the largest party, though this number is 26 less than what they had pre-election. Outgoing coalition party, Labour have performed abysmally, only securing 7 TDs.
Fianna Fáil holds 44, Sinn Féin holds 23, Independents 18 and the recently formed Anti-Austerity Alliance – People Before Profit party has 6 seats. The Social Democrats have 3 and the Greens returned with two deputies.
As reported by The Examiner, Micheál Martin is expected to use this opportunity this morning to outline his Dáil reform proposals.
“There is a window here and Micheál will take the opportunity to outline his Dáil reform ideas to the newly expanded team when it meets,” a spokesman said.
Fine Gael is reportedly in support of the proposals and other parties have shared positive reactions.
Several TDs have claimed they would be willing to support a minority Fine Gael government in order to avoid another election.
RTÉ reports that Irish Water will cause an issue between the two parties.
Fianna Fáil has suggested suspending the charges for five years and abolishing Irish Water.
Fine Gael on the other hand, has said a national water utility is a fundamental issue for Fine Gael, along with a fair and affordable regime.