Sunday 23 July 2017

Alan Kelly: The door was opened to Fianna Fáil populist politics, now the worker will shoulder the cost

Former Labour Party Environment Minister Alan Kelly. Photo: Frank McGrath
Former Labour Party Environment Minister Alan Kelly. Photo: Frank McGrath

Alan Kelly

This week is an important week in the development of our country. The water commission report has finally been published. As a former environment minister, I have waited for this moment for over six months.

In March, Simon Coveney went on RTÉ's 'Prime Time' and made the biggest mistake of his political career, effectively giving Fianna Fáil the window to follow the populist line and suspend the modest water charges that were in place.

Approximately 65pc had paid an Irish Water bill at the time and when you add that to group water schemes and those with private wells, three in every four people were paying in some way for their water infrastructure.

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