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Ireland edges closer to forming new government with deal on water charges

Political campaign posters in the streets of Dublin on February 24, 2016A deal between two rival parties to suspend controversial water charges nudged Ireland closer to the formation of a minority government on Wednesday after more than two months of tortuous negotiations. Fine Gael, the largest party to emerge from the February 26 election, had championed the retention of Irish Water, the utility it created as part of austerity measures in 2013. Following the announcement, Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin on Wednesday called the water charges “very far from being the single most important issue facing our country”.

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