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THE FLOATING VOTER PODCAST: The Re-Bert, chasing down water charges, and Gerry Adams' email to the Garda Commissioner

Published 01/12/2016 | 15:52

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Should people who paid their water charges be given refunds, or alternatively, should those who didn't pay, be chased down for the money?

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This was just one of the topics on this week's Floating Voter with Kevin Doyle, Philip Ryan and Niall O'Connor, as they discussed the week in Irish politics.

"I don’t mind paying for water but you knew it was going to be abolished so why bother in the first place?" asked Philip Ryan.

"But the law of the land must be adhered to," said Niall O’Connor.  "There is a chasm between those who paid and those who didn’t and the government has to try and figure out how to deal with it." 

"What about the one million people who obeyed the law at the time?  I can go to sleep at night knowing I did the right thing in paying for water.  There must be equity and fairness."

And what about the re-appearance of Bertie Ahern with Fianna Fail in Dublin Central?  Should he be welcomed back with open arms? 

"It will be a step back for Fianna Fail and is not what they want or need to move on from the dark days of the Galway tent," said Ryan.

Finally on this week's show, the panel raised the issue of Gerry Adams' email to the Garda Commissioner in February with the names of three Sinn Fein politicians in relation to the murder of Brian Stack in 1983. 

Since one of those named by Adams says he never knew his name was in the email, the panel asks about the reverberations being felt within Sinn Fein.

Each week on the Floating Voter, INM's political team discuss the main issues affecting Irish politics bursting the bubble around Leinster House.

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