Friday 9 December 2016

Abolishing Irish Water is not political reform

Published 01/03/2016 | 02:30

The water network has been neglected for years, and the biggest issue for any party which professes to act in the best interests of the country is ensuring that renewal of the network continues. stock picture
The water network has been neglected for years, and the biggest issue for any party which professes to act in the best interests of the country is ensuring that renewal of the network continues. stock picture

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin's call for parties to agree a programme to reform politics before any coalition talks take place is a smart one.

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If nothing else, it gives his party breathing space and time to address the thorny issue of how it will tackle the question of Irish Water before entering into any discussions with Fine Gael about the formation of a new government.

For most voters, there is little difference between the parties of the Civil War. Both want to solve the crisis in housing and health, improve public services and grow the economy, but on the issue of water they are poles apart.

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