Oh yeah, now everyone wanted to be shot of water charges. So they say. June 13, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
So says a report in the SBP. Apparently, Ed Brophy, former chief of staff to Joan Burton:
…said Noonan discussed the possibility of suspending or postponing water charges in the ays following the Budget 2015 announcement on October 14, 2014.
Trophy said Noonan was making a ‘purely political argument’ and that Labour would probably have been in favour of suspending charges.
…other FG officials in the Dept. of the Taoiseach pushed back on Noonan’s proposal arguing that the government would ‘lose all moral authority’ if charges were suspended.
Well… hate to tell them, but that happened more or less anyway.
And is this a subtle rewriting of history by some of the protagonists when one reads in the same piece that:
In a report into the LP’s election failures published earlier this moth, the new party leader Brendan Howlin said Labour should have held its ground on the postponement of water charges until more meters had ben rolled out ‘even if it meant taking down the government at that stage’.
Ah. Hindsight. Though is that a shot across the bows of one A Kelly too?