'Non' from Brussels demands a dose of reality on water charges
Published 06/06/2016 | 02:30
We are back in the water rather more quickly than we had expected. However, we should not be too surprised.
Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin believed they had bought a year of peace on this vexed but seriously time-wasting issue. They had parked it in a commission, which would in due course pass it to a committee of TDs and senators, and they in turn would later return it to a Dáil that has a majority of TDs who are declared opponents of water charges.
But we had not reckoned with the European Commission coming back on the pitch with a resounding message. On Wednesday, the EU's policy-guiding executive told Sinn Féin's Dublin MEP, Lynn Boylan, that in fact Ireland no longer had any exemption from levying water charges.