Only one national plebiscite has taken place since State’s foundation

 “Our job now is to continue to make long-overdue improvements to our water services and to win the confidence of the public in the process.” Head of Irish Water, John Tierney, reacts to new water package. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Ervia and Irish Water say new package does much to clarify and restore public trust

The success or otherwise of the new water strategy will be gauged by the volume of new registrations over the next month or so. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Analysis: The Government will need a spectacular 2015 to put this debacle behind it

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cabinet members condemn Jobstown protest and say Socialist Party’s Paul Murphy has questions to answer

 Regina Doherty met gardaí on Friday.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD met gardaí detailing nine cases where suspects moved south

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Under the proposals single-person households are to be levied at rate of about €100 per year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Two rates being finalised with expected cost of €200 for multiple-person residences

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald, along with  Gerry Adams (left) and members of Sinn Fein outside Leinster House. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Adams says Sinn Féin will consider motion of no confidence against Ceann Comhairle

Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty  told Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams she would “not believe the Lord’s Prayer from his mouth”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Analysis: Above all partisan taunts, questions over Sinn Féin’s abuse record are vitally important

Anti-water charge marchers on the streets of  O’Connell St, Dublin  when  thousands flocked to the city to demonstrate against the new  charge. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Referendum urged to copperfasten future status as a public utility

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