A water spat cannot spoil government deal
As we move deeper into 'Week Nine' without a government, there were hopes that the coming days would finally yield a result. Then Fianna Fáil pumped up the volume in its demands on water charges and Fine Gael dug in.
Fianna Fáil, looking nervously at Sinn Féin, repeated its mantra about upholding its election promises. It insisted upon a lengthy suspension of water charges and the abolition of Irish Water.
Fine Gael said that six out of 10 people had paid their water charges and there was no point in risking the established principle of everyone paying for water. The party also said it was not reasonable to abolish Irish Water and waste taxpayers' money already spent on it.