US envoy to the interparty talks Gary Hart speaking at a press conference in the US Consulate General offices in Belfast today.Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Envoy says agreement between parties on budget positive but ‘basket of issues’ remains

A man has been arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972. McConville (left) pictured with her children shortly before she disappeared. Photograph: PA

73-year-old was latest man to be arrested by PSNI detectives over 1972 case

The Health Information and Quality Authority has published two reports on the nursing home - Áras Cois Fharraige, a 42-bed facility near Spiddal - which  note concerns about complaints procedures, the nutritional needs of residents not being well met and the privacy afforded to residents in shared rooms being unsatisfactory.

Reports on Áras Cois Fharraige note problems such as poor nutrition and privacy

The first bills will now be issued to households at the end of January next year, four weeks later than originally planned.

Utility’s managing director thanks public for patience as registration deadline moved to November 30th

A person who lives alone would pay €175.68 after their free allowance, or €43.92 every three months, while two adults sharing would pay €278.16, or €69.54 per quarter

Irish Water spokeswoman says details of numbers registered to be revealed soon

Pako Mokoba, who has been in the direct provision system for six years, told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions, that  her life was also like that of someone living in an open prison. Image: Screengrab/Oireachtas TV.

Asylum seekers tell Oireachtas committee centres are 'like being in an open prison'

The Coalition is considering extending the period during which households will pay an effective fixed rate water charge to allow for the further installation of water meters

Irish Water claims installation of 455,000 meters has beaten target for the year

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 furore surrounding Irish Water will not be resolved by the Government removing the company’s senior management and board from their roles, Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen has said.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil motion on issues surrounding company to be debated in Dáil tonight

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