Wednesday July 15, 2020

Still waters run deep

The public outcry over water charges is the product of genuine despair, and no PR campaign can fix that.

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

26th October, 2014
An upgrade of the 150-year-old Vartry water supply scheme is designed to provide secure safe drinking water for 200,000 people in Wicklow and south Dublin for the long term

Environment minister Alan Kelly wants to reposition Irish Water as a brand in the public mind.

Of course, he and the government know that it is going to take far more than a PR campaign to reduce the hostility towards water charges. That is why the government is now preparing for its biggest U-turn since the return of discretionary medical cards.

Government backbenchers are convinced that the solution is a fixed charge of €200 per...

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