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Labour's water charge policy springing leaks

WE'VE heard of a U-turn. We've heard of an S-bend. But we're completely confused as to what to call the Labour Party's approach to water charges.

Pat Rabbitte yesterday said the party favoured charges from 2014, with householders granted a certain allowance of free water.

"They will in the future have to pay for water above that minimum allowance," he said.

But the party's manifesto says: "Labour does not favour water charges." Eh?

Back in October Eamon Gilmore said he would back water charges if meters were installed in every house. Still scratching your head?

And in 2009, Joanna Tuffy said Labour was opposed to the domestic water charges.

Political gymnastics? You wouldn't see as many bends in the pipes under your kitchen sink.

Irish Independent