Wednesday 17 January 2018

Martin will not profit from an election about water

John Downing

John Downing

Once more unto the brink they go. And this time the row is over water charges and the future of Irish Water. It is a pretty depressing spectacle and its dreariness is only exceeded by the risk that it could up-end the inch-by-inch slow crawl towards the making of a government.

Water charges were an issue for voters in the General Election on February 26. But concerns about the unfair spread of economic revival, especially ongoing rural blight, and the pernicious run-down of public services, far exceeded water in political importance.

Let's also recall that, in rural areas, most people have always paid directly for water one way or another.

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