Political Notebook: The real reason FF will not claim the head of Garda Commissioner
As predicted here last month, Simon Coveney (and Fine Gael) has caved in on water charges, the finer details of which will be officially revealed this week.
It gives me no particular pleasure to mark the spot of his defeat. Coveney fought an honourable fight, but, in the end, he had to bow to the political reality.
The end of water charges was inevitable. What is more intriguing is the manoeuvre within Fine Gael last weekend which had the appearance of an attempt to sabotage the deal finally arrived at under what was, by all accounts, the able chairmanship of Independent Senator Padraig O Ceidigh.