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Water charges could lead to general election

A terrible cloud of failure and boredom seems to hang over this Government. Too many false promises, as well as some of the old traits of corruption as they place their cronies in big jobs in unnecessary quangos.

Could a General Election be on the cards? Perhaps a new party? General Election 2011 was sprung on the nation at a time when both the country and its people were at its lowest ebb.

It was thus that Fine Gael and Labour, like knights in white armour, emerged in our midst. We were easy prey to convince of a new economic programme for progress and prosperity.

The new Coalition spent their first years in office as EU parrots, dictated to by the Troika and obeying their every wish. And their reward when those ‘gentlemen’ decided to exit the country was a reassuring smile, a clap on the back and a crippling €60billion debt.

When they left, industry was still dragging for lack of banking support; housing shortages were to send prices spiralling towards another bubble and unemployment figures were manipulated through emigration, temporary job placements and futile courses to meet their ends.

But with the Troika gone, government action was instant– the water charge, the ‘tax that broke the camel’s back’.

More than 150,000 householders have taken to the streets in rebellion. No surprise then that so many voters have become frustrated and here we are again, an open target for a new party or even a General Election.

James Gleeson

Thurles

Co Tipperary


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