Tuesday 27 June 2017

Kevin Doyle: This amounts to a 'free allowance' - but can politicians finally move on?

'If only Phil Hogan had thought of that back in 2014 when he introduced a weary nation to the concept of water charges.' Photo: Collins Courts
'If only Phil Hogan had thought of that back in 2014 when he introduced a weary nation to the concept of water charges.' Photo: Collins Courts
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

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.

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