The abolishment of the much hated state utility Irish water would not be in anyone’s best interests according to acting Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan.
Mr Flanagan’s comments come as he reiterated that Fine Gael’s position on the state utility remains very much the same and it is here to stay. The announcement may prove to be a stumbling block for a grand coalition as Fianna Fáil are said to be in favour of scrapping the charges.
Although, Minister Flanagan said he fully believes that both parties can find common ground elsewhere, and keep the charges in place. Mr Flanagan told reporters: “I don’t believe that it’s in anybody’s interest to abolish Irish Water.”
“I think there are legal and wider European dictates as far as that’s concerned. “But there’s issues in health, there’s issues in housing, there’s issues in rural development upon which I believe we can make some progress.”