Wednesday 29 March 2017

Irish Water was slain by Middle Ireland, not Paul Murphy

BATTLE LINES: Anti-water-charge demonstrators march in Dublin to protest at the jailing of Right to Water activists. Photo: Tony Gavin
BATTLE LINES: Anti-water-charge demonstrators march in Dublin to protest at the jailing of Right to Water activists. Photo: Tony Gavin

Shane Ross

Did you pay your water charges? You did. You mug. Not to worry, you will get your money back.

Every water disaster has an upside. Here is one election promise they will not tell you about. It will not feature in the Budget. It will not appear in any party's manifesto but it is being whispered in the corridors of Leinster House. It will have all-party agreement. It will put money back into the pockets of the battered, law-abiding middle class.

You did not pay? You are carefree, cavalier and cunning. You know there is safety in numbers. The Irish Government is hardly poised to prosecute half its electorate just before an election. The battle is over. Civil disobedience has triumphed.

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