Tánaiste Joan Burton: appointed David Leach, one of Eamon Gilmore’s key lieutenants, to a key role in the Labour Party.

David Leach takes up general secretary post

Board will be expected to increase public confidence in semi-State after controversies

 The relief will be given for water charges paid in the previous tax year. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

EMC to discuss proposed changes to pricing structure for water charges today

Twelve appointments were made to the board of Irish Water in 2013 by its parent company Bord Gáis Éireann but these were approved in advance by then ministers Phil Hogan and Pat Rabbitte. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Candidates for merged board will have qualifications and suitability tested by New Era

Lucinda Creighton said Andrew Sheehy made a donation to her campaign but she “didn’t really know him”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gave €1,000 to Creighton campaign in 2007

 Fine Gael TD Seán Conlan (second left)  at  the Employment Appeals Tribunal yesterday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Sides differ about level of engagement before employment of secretarial assistant ended

 Managing director  of Irish Water John Tierney:  his reluctance  to address concerns about the water metering and charging system means he has made himself an easy scapegoat.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Managing director must try harder to keep his head above water

The assessed water charge is set at €176 for the first adult, with an extra €102 per additional adult in the home

Taoiseach says new charges package to be announced in coming weeks

Sources said Taoiseach Enda Kenny was present at the meeting but did not give any commitments on the issues raised by his TDs and Senators. Photograph: Eric Luke

Senators and TDs request period for fixed water charges be extended

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