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Draft report discussion in bid to break deadlock in water charges

Members of the Oireachtas Committee looking at the future funding of water will discuss a draft report today in a bid to break the deadlock over how to deal with those who waste water.

RTÉ reports that Fine Gael favours a charge for excessive usage while Fianna Fáil wants to use existing legislation which would see the courts imposing fines.

A senior source has said an additional month may be needed to try and agree a final report.

The stand-off between the two parties has so far continued without resolution.

Last night, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney told RTÉ News he was still opposed to a court-based solution as proposed by Fianna Fáil.

The Oireachtas Committee chairman Padraig Ó Céidigh will today circulate a draft report to members to try and break the deadlock, that if left unresolved has the potential to cut short the life of the minority Government.

It is understood a number of options are being put forward by the chair and the committee will continue to get legal advice on them.

It is expected more time, possibly a month, will be sought to try and agree a final report.

Separately at cabinet, Minister Of State Finian McGrath will confirm that Marjorie Farrelly, a senior counsel from Cork will head up the Commission of Investigation into the case of Grace - the young woman with intellectual disabilities - who was left in a foster home in the southeast for 13 years after concerns of abuse were raised.

The Cabinet will also discuss the new review of evidence regarding the Stardust nightclub tragedy in which 48 people died in 1981.

Retired Judge Pat McCartan will conduct the examination which is expected to be completed within three months.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is expected to brief ministers on the Programme for Government provision which allows for the sale of up to 25% of AIB.