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It's a deal: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil unanimously agree on Government

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
It's a deal: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil unanimously agree on Government

The Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil Parliamentary parties have tonight unanimously adopted the deal on Government.

The confidence and supply agreement will see Fianna Fáil support Fine Gael and Independents on key confidence votes from Opposition.

Fianna Fáil also says it is getting a number of key policy positions implemented as part of the deal.

Party leader Micheál Martin says the arrangement will remain in place until at least the end of 2018.

"Bar unforeseen accidents, or complete negligence in terms of attention to these issues, we're not out there to entrap a government or to catch a government offside in an opportunistic way.

"We are about being constructive and positive facilitating this."

However, the issue of water – which was the main sticking point in weeks of talks between the two Civil War parties – dominated this evening’s press conference.

“Those who have not paid have an obligation to pay,” Martin said, when asked what would happen with water charges.

Referring to comments made by the outgoing Labour environment minister last week he said “Alan Kelly, through his own legislation, left a lot of people who haven’t paid off the hook as well”.

Legislation passed by the Fine Gael-Labour government “wasn’t particularly strong” when it came to pursuing those who hadn’t paid their water bills, Martin insisted.