Friday 2 December 2016

Water charges still toxic enough to bring down this Government

There will be opportunity in March for Fine Gael to remove Enda Kenny as leader before the election

Published 02/10/2016 | 02:30

Demonstration: The decision on whether or not to retain water charges will be the most contentious this Oireachtas will take. Photo: Justin Farrelly
Demonstration: The decision on whether or not to retain water charges will be the most contentious this Oireachtas will take. Photo: Justin Farrelly

The return of the Dail last week brought into sharper focus the issues on which this experiment with 'new politics' will live or die, and it is clearer now than before the summer that it will die an ignoble death sooner rather than later, probably before next summer.

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All that remains is the seq- uencing towards collapse, in this order: the Budget; events; the Fine Gael leadership question; and the death knell that now looks almost certain to come in April or May.

Until now I had thought it might last until October, but continued dysfunction throughout the political system, which was more evident than ever last week, makes me think it will not last even that long.

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