The Water Committee looks set to adopt its final report later – without the support of Fine Gael.
The Government party says it can’t support what it’s calling a ‘fundamentally dishonest’ report.
It calls for the scrapping of water charges, makes no reference to excessive charges and recommends refunds for householders.
All attention now turns to Minister Simon Coveney who says he won’t introduce illegal legislation – but a refusal to legislate for what the committee recommends is a breach of the agreement with Fianna Fáil.
Barry Cowen says there’s no need for this to cause an election.