Friday June 5, 2020

Blood in the water

The scions of two of Ireland’s most powerful political dynasties are fighting a bitter battle over water charges – with an early election at stake

5th March, 2017
Simon Coveney and Barry Cowen are the chief Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil pointmen on water charges Pic: Maura Hickey

Simon Coveney wanted to put the water charges controversy in context. There are 50,000 homes – including his own – in the Cork harbour area which are pumping raw sewage into the harbour every day.

“That’s about 34,000 wheelie-bins of wastewater every day going into a harbour that I’ve grown up on. That’s not acceptable, but it will be solved in the next 12 months or so, because Irish Water is putting the infrastructure in,” said...

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