Irish Water's credibility has truly dried up
Eurostat's hammer blow to the project has ministers reciting lines like their two-times tables
The Government has been caught out - Irish Water has failed the Eurostat test - devastating news for the members of the Cabinet. In deep, deep trouble, the Government responds with a mixture of guile, panic and outright denial.
For the past year, the Irish Water story has been presented overwhelmingly as one of loudmouth, know-nothing malcontents versus a responsible establishment. Yes, we were told, there are some teething problems with Irish Water, but the basic plan is sound.
Those who opposed the "new funding model" were a "sinister fringe". According to the Taoiseach, the opposition to his plans came from people who "don't want to pay for anything".