Tuesday August 4, 2020

FG feels blue on household charge

This should have been a glorious weekend for Fine Gael, but the party has only itself to blame for the household charge casting a cloud over its ard fheis, writes Pat Leahy.

31st March, 2012
Phil Hogan talks to journalists at a household charge payments call centre. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Adeal with the European Central Bank on the Anglo Irish Bank debt, the Taoiseach returning on a high from China, the first national conference since the party's election victory last year: this should have been a triumphant weekend for Fine Gael.

However, the household charge controversy has cast a significant shadow over the fiesta at the National Convention Centre.

Three mistakes have seen the household charge fiasco escalate from a political problem into a potential...

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