Fianna Fáil’s protest politics is all about its pursuit of power

Fianna Fáil is continuing politics of old by insisting that water charges must be abolished entirely

5th March, 2017
In 2014, Paul Murphy won the Dublin South West by-election on a strong anti-water charges ticket Pic: RollingNews.ie

It is astonishing to think that two Dáil by-elections involving the Socialist Party have had such an influence on water charging in this country.

The first, in the Dublin West constituency in 1996, saw Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins narrowly lose out to the late Brian Lenihan Junior. But the popularity of Higgins’s anti-bin tax and anti-water charges campaign spooked Labour, which was then in coalition with Fine Gael, into abolishing water charges...

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