FF's stance on water is nothing but political opportunism
It's hard to see what Fianna Fáil hopes to achieve by suspending water charges for the next five years. Scrapping the charge may be politically expedient, but it only serves to kick the problem of fixing the network further down the road. It also gives two fingers to the households who have paid their bills, not to mention those on group water schemes and with private wells who know all about how much clean and safe drinking water costs to produce.
The party is effectively exacerbating the urban/rural divide - it appears to be saying that those in rural Ireland can continue to pay, while their urban cousins can escape bills for the foreseeable future.
It's quite a change from just a few short years ago when the soldiers of destiny were gung-ho about introducing charges.