Kevin Doyle: This amounts to a 'free allowance' - but can politicians finally move on?
Published 30/11/2016 | 02:30
After all the protests and political manoeuvrings, it seems the answer all along was simply to give people a very generous free allowance.
If only Phil Hogan had thought of that back in 2014 when he introduced a weary nation to the concept of water charges.
A lot has been said on the topic since - but the then environment minister had proposed the very same regime as the Expert Commission produced last night, albeit his level of generosity was based on very flaky figures.