Friday 22 September 2017

A win for Labour, but at what cost?

Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

FOR more than two weeks, the beleaguered Labour Party has sought to dig its feet in on water charges and last night secured, it seems, a mini victory.

Many have dismissed this two-week inter-Government row as mere optics, which have more to do with electoral advantage than sound national policymaking.

Given what is at stake, and how rushed the entire Irish Water project has been, Labour's slowing of the pace has been justified. Getting the water charges balance wrong is not an option. But was scrapping the standing charge the right issue to go to war on?

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