Willie O’Dea: has received ’no coherent explanation’ from Irish Water. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Minister expects ’seismic’ shift in new body’s response to public

David Norris: company ‘has 2,000 extra passenger workers’. Photograph: Frank Miller

FF Senator says water charges a ‘debacle’

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea told the Dáil he will not give Irish Water his PPS number. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Willie O’Dea accuses company official of talking ‘incoherent gibberish’

The chairman of the Commission for Energy Regulation, which regulates Irish Water, is appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment this afternoon to discuss water charges.

Cabinet agrees a communications revamp at Irish Water was necessary

The All-Island Free Travel pass which was launched in 2007

Funding frozen at 2010 level of 77 million euro

Garda graduates

A whole suite of reform measures was available and an opportunity for extensive restructuring existed

Moving the responsibility for prisoner healthcare “is also likely to lead to a better service to prisoners” according to the submission.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Proposal could generate savings of €4-€5m annually from the third year, says Department

Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin

Mary Lou McDonald said party’s Bill would apply to all contracts in excess of €1 million

Micheál Martin: “All of that does not justify the yield of about €150 million. While I am not even suggesting this, putting 5 cent on a gallon of petrol would have raised the equivalent amount of revenue,” he said of the water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson

McDonald claims Wicklow County Council threatens tenants with eviction if they fail to pay charges

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