'Non' from Brussels demands a dose of reality on water charges
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.