Tuesday 28 February 2017

Let's not use water charges to defame the EU and ourselves

John Downing

John Downing

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy (left) told the Dáil yesterday that the EU was seeking to set aside the Irish general election outcome – which he said was a vote against water charges. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy (left) told the Dáil yesterday that the EU was seeking to set aside the Irish general election outcome – which he said was a vote against water charges. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

So now the European Union is trying to upend the February general election result. That allegation is calumnious - and it is also just plain silly.

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy told the Dáil yesterday that the EU was seeking to set aside the Irish general election outcome - which he said was a vote against water charges.

Mr Murphy cited German socialist writer Bertolt Brecht when he said the EU Commission wanted "to dissolve the people and elect another". It's such a great line - shame it has nothing to do with our continuing to pour raw sewage into watercourses at 40 locations around the country.

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