Monday 20 November 2017

Floating Voter podcast: Fine Gael’s capitulation on water charges & how well does Dara Calleary know Mayo?

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Are taxpayers finally going to see the end of water charges?

On this week’s Floating Voter, the team discussed a good week for taxpayers in relation to Irish water and asked if we’re nearing the end-road for government formation.

Niall O’Connor, INM’s political corresondent, back from his skiing exploits, was adamant that the latest deal being touted was a capitulation by Fine Gael, while the question of how the Fianna Fail grassroots will react was also raised.

Fianna Fail’s Dara Calleary was this week’s guest, telling the show why he thinks minority governments will be the model that we’ll have to get used to for the foreseeable future.

“There will need to be a complete change of mindset on all our parts,” he told presenter Kevin Doyle. “The minority model will be tricky for Fianna Fail as well and it’s one that will have to be treated with respect by everyone.”

As for water charges and any potential deal, Calleary admitted there was ‘work to be done’ but added that;

“It was Fianna Fail who are in the middle of trying to do something about changing things, unlike the likes of Sinn Fein. What have they done but give out about it? We are actively involved in trying to change Irish Water. Personally, I would also like to see a referendum put to the Irish people so that Irish water is never sold into commercial hands.”

Calleary was the first to take the Floating Voter constituency test and was impressive enough scoring 8/10, knowing much about Mayo football, though he struggled on his county’s highest mountain and the exact number of first preference votes he actually got in GE16.

He’s already challenged Enda Kenny to beat his record, so Enda, the gauntlet has been thrown down to show you know more about Mayo than Fianna Fail’s Dara Calleary.

The Floating Voter is available every Tuesday and Friday and can be listened to on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Independent.ie

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