Noonan tried to ‘get rid of’ water charges

Former Burton aide says Labour should have held ground on charges

12th June, 2016
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Minister for Finance Michael Noonan raised the possibility of suspending water charges in the late autumn of 2014, a former senior government official has claimed.

Ed Brophy, the former tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton’s chief of staff, said Noonan discussed the possibility of suspending or postponing water charges in the days following the Budget 2015 announcement on October 14, 2014.

The taoiseach, tánaiste, senior ministers and advisers held several high-level meetings in that period...

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