Sunday 17 December 2017

Abolishing charges to regain votes is fraught with danger

'We have learned to our cost that politicians turn off the investment tap at will and meddling could result in investment decisions being made for political reasons, instead of need. Abolishing charges raises even more issues.'
'We have learned to our cost that politicians turn off the investment tap at will and meddling could result in investment decisions being made for political reasons, instead of need. Abolishing charges raises even more issues.'
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Without a doubt, the single issue which has dogged the outgoing administration has been the creation of Irish Water and the introduction of domestic water charges.

No issue has polarised the nation to the same degree. Citizens from all backgrounds and every parish had an opinion and thousands took to the streets to register their opposition.

It was manna from heaven for left-wing parties keen to capitalise on the anti-austerity mood sweeping the country.

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