New Government, Same Old Problems

The Tirconaill View

By John O’Hara

So it seems that Enda Kenny his finally reached a deal for a minority government, which will see him make history as the first Fine Gael Taoiseach to ever be re-elected. It has taken weeks of negotiations all played out in the public eye, with neither party wanting to give in on their ‘red-line’ issues but a suspension of water charges has paved the way for a deal.

This may not be a popular opinion, but I think the suspension of water charges is totally absurd. The clamour about water charges has been totally over-hyped and in reality this is not a victory for anyone. If water charges were scrapped tomorrow for good, we’d have the ‘Right 2 Water’ campaign telling us that it would be a massive victory, but it wouldn’t be and here’s why.

Water charges were €160 per year as it stood. This is…

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