Political Notebook: Sometimes a general election becomes unavoidable
Quite how Fianna Fail has appeared to snatch defeat from victory on the water charges issue is a sight to behold.
The possibility, indeed probability, now exists that this week the water committee will split 10-10 on its contentious report, which will then fall, that is, it may not come before the Dail at all for debate and execution by way of legislation to kill off this most toxic of issues.
On a weekend last May when agreement was reached between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to allow the formation of this minority Government, I said the water charges issue would come back to haunt them. So it has turned out.