Fionnan Sheahan: Great enforcer's retreat on fees will cost FG dear
The mobilised division of septic tank campaigners forced a strategic retreat by Phil Hogan with the dramatic slashing of the €50 registration charge to €5.
The Environment Minister finally yielded to the pressure of rural Ireland rising up in revolt against the charge.
The registration fee for septic tank owners will be reduced from €50 to €5 for a limited time. The minister says this is down to cost not being as high as originally thought, as not all tanks will be inspected.