Over at Irish Water, things are going from bad to worse.
The latest news from the troublesome organisation is that Hilary Quinlan, a former Fine Gael councillor, has resigned from the Board of Directors. He had also been appointed as a driver to junior minister Paudie Coffey. Coffey is of course Minister for State in the Department of the Environment which is the Government Department charged with overseeing the implementation of Irish Water.
Tanaiste Joan Burton had earlier said that she would want to know how Quinlan could hold these two posts of Director and driver at the same time, given the circumstances involved, but the resignation seems to have put paid to her request.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed Quinlan’s resignation this evening in an address to the Dail. He must be dearly hoping that this controversy is the last to hit Irish Water – an organisation that has received a shocking reaction from the public, even though water charges have not yet been implemented (they come into force tomorrow, 1st October 2014).