The newly appointed chair of the Commission has been under fire after suggesting the job was a political exercise and was a sweetener to make the medication of water charges easier to swallow.
His resignation was signalled by both Minister Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Enda Kenny earlier this afternoon.
In a statement issued this evening, the former Senator Joe O’Toole says ‘walking away is disappointing but it is the right thing to do in these circumstances’.
It was an interview on national radio last week that sparked the outcry about Joe O’Toole chairing the commission.
Sinn Féin’s Eoin O’Broin questioned Minister Simon Coveney in Committee.
And AAA TD Ruth Coppinger says the Commission couldn’t be seen as Independent.
Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen had all but signalled Mr O’Toole would have to go.
In the Dáil the Taoiseach seemed to be referring to Mr O’Toole in the past tense, as was Minister Simon Coveney at Committee.
And that was a clear signal that just hours after making a statement insisting he could be impartial, Joe O’Toole was about to resign from a job he was appointed to less than a week ago.