Confidence and Supply

  • Minister Michael Ring is confident that the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin will sit down and work out the continuation of the Confidence and supply agreement for the sake of Ireland.

    The Minister for Rural and Community Development believes that no one wants a general election at this very critical time in the Brexit negotiations. He has complimented Fianna Fail for its cooperation with government over the past three years.

    The Confidence and Supply agreement between the present government and Fianna Fail has kept the government in office since 2016.

    Minister Ring also insists thatthe restoration of the 13.5 percent VAT rate on hotels, restaurants and hairdressing was necessary in yesterday’s budget.

    He says the reduction of the VAT rate to 9 percent for this sector was introduced in 2011 as an emergency measure, and he said it was sustained for 7 and a half years, but in light of the booming tourist numbers it has had to be restored. It was costing the exchequer over 2 billion euro and he insists that money is now required in education, social welfare and other areas.

  • The time has come to pull the plug on the Fianna Fail confidence and supply agreement with the Government, according to Castlebar Councillor, Al McDonnell.

    Speaking at the launch of the party’s local election candidates in the Castlebar Municipal District at the Ivy Tower Hotel at the weekend,  Fianna Fail cllr Al McDonnell said he perceived a very positive response to Fianna Fail in the lead up to the local and European elections.

    However, he said, there was strong grassroots support from Fianna Fail party members for an end to the current confidence and supply agreement.

    " I think the time has come to pull the plug on Leo and his government” cllr McDonnell told those gathered.

  • Confidence and supply talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will begin this afternoon.

    The two parties will meet to discuss the deal that's keeping the government in place.

    Negotiating teams for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will sit down this afternoon to begin reviewing the deal that keeps the government in place.

    Simon Coveney, Paschal Donohoe, Regina Doherty and Martin Heydon will represent Fine Gael.

    While the Fianna Fáil team will be led by Dara Calleary, Michael McGrath, Lisa Chambers and Charlie McConalouge.

    Fine Gael are seeking a two year extension to the agreement with an agreed election date in 2020.

    Fianna Fáil has been reluctant to accept that - talking about reviewing the current deal but saying there should be a commitment not to collapse the government until after a Brexit deal has been put in place.

    The next few weeks will decide how long this government will last - and while the prospect of an election before Christmas looks remote, if talks go badly politicians could be fighting carolers for space on the doorsteps in December.

  • The Fianna Fail deputy leader says the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit was the main reason his party agreed yesterday evening to support the Government by extending the Confidence & Supply agreement for a further year into 2020.

    Mayo TD Dara Calleary insists, however, that his party will continue to demand progress on a number of issues, including housing and health, rural and regional development.

    Speaking to Midwest News this evening, Deputy Calleary said it's important that Ireland has political stability in the year ahead to face the threat posed by Brexit - particularly as the chances of a no-deal Brexit are now higher.

  • Fianna Fail's confirmed its team of negotiators to review the Confidence and Supply agreement with Fine Gael.

    It will be made up of the Party's Deputy Leader, Mayo TD Dara Calleary, Finance Spokesperson, Michael McGrath, Brexit Spokesperson and Mayo Deputy Lisa Chambers and Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue.

    Discussions will begin next week.

    Yesterday Fine Gael confirmed Ministers Simon Coveney, Pascal Donohue and Regina Doherty along with the Parliamentary Party Chairman Martin Heydon, would lead the discussions for their party.

  • Negotiations between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the Budget and the Confidence and Supply Agreement should take place at the same time.

    That's the view of the Minister for the Environment, Denis Naughten.

    Both sides are at odds over the future of the Confidence and Supply Agreement, the deal which sees Fianna Fáil propping up the Fine Gael Government.

    The Taoiseach has called for the agreement to be extended now until 2020.

    But Micheál Martin appears to want to wait until after October's Budget.

    Minister Naughten says there's a risk the issues could overshadow sensitive Brexit talks