Just over two decades ago, the Fine Gael-Labour government decided to scrap urban water charges after being spooked by public protests. Fianna Fáil promised to do the same and when it got into government, it secured an exemption from the EU directive requiring water charges.
The result is what we have today – a water system which is unfit for purpose. The drinking water of over 800,000 people is at risk of contamination...
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