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.

Chairman of Commission for Energy Regulation appearing before Oireachtas Committee

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

Dessie Larkin, who was previously a Fianna Fáil councillor, is facing nine allegations relating to incidents that occurred in 2006.

Dessie Larkin says he did not receive copy of code of conduct for council members

Social Justice Ireland director Seán Healy and analyst Michelle Murphy at the publication of the organisation’s post-budget analysis. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Social Justice Ireland says those who suffered most in crash left behind as priority given to higher tax cuts

Arrangements between Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and the Department of Education relating to school transport services breach EU rules but do not represent illegal State aid, the European Commission has said.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Arrangement between Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Department of Education ‘not illegal State aid’

Those earning hundreds of thousands will not make ‘astronomical gains’, Noonan says

From left during the Budget speech this afternoon: Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  and Cabinet colleagues Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton

€ 5 per child increase in child benefit confirmed along with 40c rise for 20 cigarettes

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin (above) and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan have received  pre-budget submissions and met groups ahead of  tomorrow’s budget. Photograph: Eric Luke

Interest groups moving from a ‘just leave us alone and we’ll be happy’ stance

The winners: Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Paul Murphy celebrates taking the Dublin South West byelection (left) and Michael Fitzmaurice (Independent) savours his victory in the Roscommon South-Leitrim byelection. Photographs: Alan Betson/The Irish Times and Brian Farrell.

Anti-Austerity Alliance tops SF in Dublin SW; Independent beats FF in Roscommon-South Leitrim

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