The solution to water charges must be legal
The standoff between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil over water charges is about more than whether householders should pay bills.
Fundamental principles around payment for public services and compliance with the law are also at play. Add in the fraught tensions between the Civil War parties and a forthcoming leadership election and it all adds up to a heck of a political drama.
Fine Gael believes water charges are necessary to ensure those who waste water pay, and to comply with European Union regulations.