The compromises of the water charges committee unravel spectacularly

Inside Politics: Reporters were left by turns bemused and amused as four separate press conferences took place on the plinth at Leinster House

 People taking part in the Water Charges Protest at Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

People taking part in the Water Charges Protest at Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

On this day in 1614, as you may be aware, the Native American princess Pocahontas married the English settler John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia. Despite the cultural differences, their marriage was apparently a successful and happy one.

The same, alas, cannot be said of the arrangement that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael entered into 11 months ago.  There was trouble in paradise yesterday when the painfully arranged compromises of the water charges committee unravelled promptly and spectacularly.

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