Abolishing charges to regain votes is fraught with danger
Without a doubt, the single issue which has dogged the outgoing administration has been the creation of Irish Water and the introduction of domestic water charges.
No issue has polarised the nation to the same degree. Citizens from all backgrounds and every parish had an opinion and thousands took to the streets to register their opposition.
It was manna from heaven for left-wing parties keen to capitalise on the anti-austerity mood sweeping the country.