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Joan Burton and Enda Kenny this morning at a jobs press conference in government buildings

Tánaiste Joan Burton has not confirmed the remarks she made earlier this week that a family of four adults would pay less than €200 a year in water charges.

Instead, she said in the Dáil her objective and that of the Government was to have a charging regime that is “affordable and where there is clarity and where there is certainty in relation to the pricing structure”.

Wait for it…

Ms Burton pointed to the fundraising dinner that party leader Gerry Adams would attend tonight in New York at $500 (€403) a head. She said that was much more than what an ordinary family would pay for water charges in a year.

Never fails.

Burton fails to confirm €200 water charges for family of four (Irish Times)

(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

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44 thoughts on “Consistency

  1. Mr. T.

    What a fool.

    Every single party does that and it was a Fine Gael dinner last week that Enda told us all to stop annoying him.

    1. louislefronde

      National Socialist Sinn Fein, always happy to take money from rich Irish Americans m̶o̶b̶s̶t̶e̶r̶s̶

      As they describe themselves on their website

      Sinn Féin is a 32-County party striving for an end to partition on the island of Ireland and the establishment of a democratic socialist republic.

    1. scottser

      a cheap shot indeed. although, the more any politician opens their gob about irish gravy, the more they end up looking like complete asshats.
      still – popcorn anyone?

      1. Odis

        Five hundred ******* dollars. What’s cheap about that?

        I bet she wishes she had rich American m80’s, who would pay 500 a pop at a fundraiser.

  2. edalicious

    They keep using the words “clarity and certainty” as if somehow if they say it enough people will believe that that is what they’re getting but if there’s one thing they haven’t given us, it is clarity and certainty.

  3. Der Howard

    It baffles me how these people can be so oblivious. We don’t want you to act like a child throwing mud, we want authentic and genuine people. We will forgive most mistakes if you admit them and tell us what you can do to make it right.
    I am so tired of “well I’m not a bad at him, look what he did!” – grow up!!!

  4. downtowntrain

    The labour party twitter feed has descended into a bizarre reddit style photoshop battle.

    Cringe.

      1. jungleman

        Jay zeus. Whoever was responsible for that would give the Israeli embassy a run for their money.

  5. ahjayzis

    Someone, somewhere, needs to respond to shit like this with a loud and clear “Shut the f**k up Joan. Just shut it. Either answer the poxy question or f**k off”.

    It’s gotten to the point I’ve started taking bullshit like this as a personal insult.

      1. Sancho

        I agree with you- but at the same time, so few people vote that I wouldnt blame her for turning around to you and saying “I dont give a shit what you think, so why dont YOU just fupp off!” And she’d be right. (Of course, I dont know if you vote or not. I’m talking generally. And given that less than 50% of people vote, on the balance of probabilities, she’d be right.)

        1. Walter-Ego

          That’s why we need to go out and encourage as many people to register and vote in the next elections. The working class vote is needed in any real democracy. This is one of the reasons controlling Governments make it hard for ordinary working class people like me, to further their education.

    1. Sancho

      I agree with you- but at the same time, so few people vote that I wouldnt blame her for turning around to you and saying “I dont give a sh*t what you think, so why dont YOU just fu*k off!” And she’d be right. (Of course, I dont know if you vote or not. I’m talking generally. And given that less than 50% of people vote, on the balance of probabilities, she’d be right.)

  6. bisted

    ….Labour fundraiser envy by the looks of it…maybe in need of a bit of ReHab…lucky they have Jack O’Connor and the Union faithful.

  7. Willie Banjo

    She read Miriam Lard’s column yesterday and think’s this is what passes for the real world. Welcome to the Labour Party Irish times bubble.

    1. Alfred E. Neumann

      When one reads these strange pages of one long gone one feels that one is at one with one who once…

  8. Drogg

    Has anyone got any ideas how we the people can call for a General Election? cause I think we are all done with this nonsense.

    1. Mick Flavin

      Remember the long run in to the 2011 one? FF and the Greens had long lost public confidence but they couldn’t be dislodged until the Greens pulled out. There’s not much can be done to dislodge them unless Labour pull out or they make a catastrophic mistake in the Dáil.

      1. Drogg

        Oh I remember it well. This is nonsense though I would think a very small proportion of the country currently feel like they are represented by this government.

      1. Drogg

        There is no need to be factious about it. This government has put a lot of financial burden on already stress people the water charges are just the straw that broke the camels back.

  9. Truth in the News

    How much is paid by SIPTU in contributions to the Labour Party
    every year and what steps can a member of the union take to
    get it stopped given utterances of Jack O’Connor recently on
    water taxes, incidently is he, a member of Laour Party National executive..

    1. Sancho

      Wasn’t he also on the Central Bank board? So he was one of the people indirectly responsible for Anglo, NIB and the others. No one ever talks about that- especially not him. It’s like it never happened.

  10. Frilly Christmas Everyone*

    The real gripe here is that Labour couldn’t round up enough supporters to a tenner a head chicken supper do in Faughs function room.

    Joan’s only drooling at the lads being wine n dined in a Manhattan ballroom.

  11. Fergus the magic postman

    So when Joan was asked if she could confirm her claim that a family of four adults would pay less than €200 a year in water charges, she responded:
    “Look, what’s that over there!”

    1. Frilly Christmas Everyone*

      Seriously?

      That’s no different than Moan bitching about the cost of the bhoys dinner dance

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