On that Sinn Fein Water Rates policy…

This is odd. Mitchel McLaughlin told Slugger on Wednesday night that rather than encourage people not to pay their water bills, that the Unions should instead tell their members not to process the bills in the first place. If it was intended to deliniate the party’s line from that of the Socialist and Workers Parties support for the non payment campaign (as some have suggested to Slugger), the unions are now raging it nevertheless seems to have caused several difficult moments for his party colleagues, Gerry Adams on Hearts and Minds, and John O’Dowd on today’s Seven Days who was pursued on the issue by one texter at the end. O’Dowd protested that he did know of the interview. Well, you can find it here John.

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