Saturday 20 January 2018

THE FLOATING VOTER PODCAST: Alan Kelly responds to Barry Cowen, 'He is a Lone Ranger and FF TDs don't agree with him'

On this week’s show: the future of water – water charges are dead and buried but in the fallout of the report, is new politics over? Labour’s Alan Kelly joins INM's Kevin Doyle, Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan decrying 'populist politics' by Fianna Fail and responds to Barry Cowen's charge that he is 'an angry man'.

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Despite the water report being completed and recommending water charges be scrapped, the political fallout is now the main focus as Fine Gael has said it cannot support what it is calling a 'fundamentally dishonest' report.

In a statement last night, Fine Gael said the report, "falls well short of our obligations under the Water Framework Directive and puts Ireland on a collision course with the European Commission."

And Alan Kelly, Labour's former Environment Minister hit out at Barry Cowen's work on the water committee.

"This is about a populist agenda and the race to the bottom and politicians won’t legislate for fear of losing out," he told the Floating Voter podcast.  "I don’t mind being angry because this situation is wrong, illegal and immoral.  It’s a complete and utter farce. 

"Fianna Fail supporters won’t even back Barry Cowen for his stance and they’re very nervous about where he has placed Fianna Fail in all of this.  Is Barry Cowen a Lone Ranger allowed by Micheal Martin to push the country to a place that is detrimental to the country?

"People want to pay for water, I really do believe that and now they’re going to have to pay more through general taxation charges with the situation we’re now in."

Kelly also continued his assertion that Coveney was 'stupid' and Cowen 'irresponsible' in all of this.

"Simon Coveney made the biggest and stupidest mistake of his political career by opening the door to the country’s most irresponsible politician who saw an opportunity." 

Each week on the Floating Voter, INM's political team discuss the main issues affecting Irish politics, bursting the bubble around Leinster House.  New episodes on Independent.ie every Thursday.

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