Water charges row rumbles on

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The row over water charges has escalated again.

The Fianna Fáil leader says the party won’t support the election of a new Fine Gael Taoiseach unless the ‘confidence and supply’ deal that’s propping up the minority Government is honoured in relation to the charges.

The Sunday Independent reports Micheál Martin has written to Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators to outline the new position.

It follows last week’s collapse of a compromise at the Oireachtas committee that was tasked with recommending how we should pay for our water.

Fine Gael and Labour are claiming Ireland will face massive EU fines if some form of charge isn’t introduced.

But Fianna Fáil thinks people who use excessive amounts of water should be pursued through the courts.