Switch and then keep switching. By changing providers every couple of years, you will knock 10 per cent off your annual costs

In part four of the series showing you how to save €5,000 a year, utility bills come under the spotlight as leaks to your wallet a(...)

Irish banks are declining debit cards when customers try to use them in the US

Transatlantic card transactions being declined appears to be commonplace; and a reader is unhappy about a fee charged for a change(...)

Nick Munier plans to open up a new restuarant in Dublin: “I want the restaurant and not the main chef in the kitchen to be the focus.”.Photograph: Alan Betson

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Anti-water charges campaigners try to block Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin city centre last Sunday. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall

Has the campaign against water charges opened our eyes to the power of protest?

Aoibhinn McGinnity and Ben Forster at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Love/Hate actor Aoibhinn McGinnity and former star of Jesus Christ Superstar Ben Forster are bringing the Will Ferrell festive fav(...)

Irish Water chief executive John Tierney,  arriving at Government Buildings ahead of the Cabinet meeting yesterday  morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

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The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, has announced households made up of two adults or more will have to pay €160 a year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

As charges fall, how will water be paid for?

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly today announced the new and revised water charges package

What will it cost, when do I start paying, and do I still need to give them my PPS number?

A water vessel next to a garden shed is a good idea for conservation but talk of canny consumers cutting costs could well dry up after today’s announcement

Despite cheaper water it’s hard to see many households coming in under the new limits

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