Our politicians are only interested in one thing - being in power
Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30
I am struggling to see how I can take Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael seriously as candidates for running this country.
Micheál Martin and his party were preparing the introduction of water charges as far back as 2010. In the recent elections, however, they decided to oppose water charges in an attempt to gain votes and claimed they would abolish Irish Water. When they didn't get enough votes they went into negotiations about forming a government with the claim that they would scrap water charges for five years. Then they backed down to only postponing the charges for nine months. In other words, they keep changing their position, doing whatever it takes to get back into power.
Enda Kenny and his party spent the past few years doing everything wrong they could possibly do wrong with the introduction of water charges, starting with calling it a water charge in the first place. Throughout the election they kept saying they were behind the flawed system they had introduced. When they didn't get enough votes, all of a sudden they were prepared to talk about winding down Irish Water. Just like Fine Fáil, doing whatever it takes to stay in power.