Saturday 10 December 2016

Forget 'afters' and more 'handbags at dawn' - it's time for grown-up politics

Published 29/04/2016 | 02:30

Labour’s Kevin Humphreys, who lost his seat in the General Election and is contesting the Seanad election, pictured with outgoing Senator Mairia Cahill at the counting of votes for the Administrative Panel in the Seanad elections at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke
Labour’s Kevin Humphreys, who lost his seat in the General Election and is contesting the Seanad election, pictured with outgoing Senator Mairia Cahill at the counting of votes for the Administrative Panel in the Seanad elections at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke

So the "bould Leo" retreats from the negotiations telling us the deal he helped craft is inimical to the citizens' interests.

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And so the Fianna Fáil crowd stress that we will never see water charges - ever again - happen in the life of the current 32nd Dáil.

For once in politics, both sides of the argument are 100pc right. Health Minister Dr Leo Varadkar's radio foray yesterday - when he told us it was fundamentally wrong to query the future of water charges - was followed by Fianna Fáil's Michael McGrath stepping up to the highest available platform to say this was "bad faith."

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