An internal communication originating from the Labour Party has surfaced, showing the party’s true intentions back in 2010.
The memo explained the rationale for water charges and how to make the people of Ireland pay for them. This message was sent to Joan Burton, Eamon Gilmore and senior party advisers five years ago.
On the surface, Labour Party members appeared to take a hard line against water charges while in opposition, even in the party’s 2011 general election manifesto.
The memo, however, lays the case for a water utility, the installation of meters, and household levies, fairly clearly.
The three-page document was allegedly prepared by Labour’s research and policy analyst, Jean O’Mahony, who would later become special advisor to Gilmore during his tenure as Tánaiste.
This memo was circulated to senior party representatives during a time when the party appeared to publicly decry water charges.