Voters won't thank FF if it triggers election over populist water stance

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe (left) and Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Mr Donohoe is a measured politician, so his criticism of FF over its water charges stance is significant. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Shane Coleman

The sight of political parties in retreat on an issue is rarely an edifying one - and never less so than with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil's furious back-peddling on water charges.