Water charges deal is a victory for Fianna Fáil - but at what cost?

The suspension of charges makes the likelihood of a water crisis far higher

27th April, 2016
The previous Fine-Gael Labour government rushed in the water charges under pressure from the Troika

After nine weeks of shadow boxing, missed phone calls and some tortuous negotiations, the signs are that a deal is finally on.

But the real red line issue was the suspension of water charges – and here Micheál Martin’s party have won a clear policy victory over Fine Gael, who wanted to keep them in place.

The theory goes something like this – there would be a commission established to look...

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