Tuesday 6 December 2016

FF realising that power carries responsibility

Published 18/03/2016 | 02:30

Micheál Martin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Micheál Martin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

The sunny weather means the flip-flops will be dug out of the back of the wardrobe any day now for many with aspirations for walks along the beach at home or abroad in the coming months.

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The flip-flop is already in use in Fianna Fáil as the party seeks to figure on what ground it stands on water charges. The bravado of the general election campaign is starting to give way to a sense of realism as the party has one hand on the levers of power.

Fianna Fáil's commitment to the abolition of water charges and the closing down of Irish Water sparked a flurry of cancellations of water bill payments. Even those who had previously abided by the law changed their view on water bills. If the charges would no longer be in existence, and the authority charged with collecting the bills was also made extinct, why would you bother to pay any more?

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