Minister for Jobs and Enterprise  Richard Bruton: “We have shown significant improvements in our cost position and that is reflected by  surveys of the National Competitiveness Council.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister challenges Fianna Fáil assertion about high costs

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “Mr McNicholas will step down from his role on the advisory committee of NTR to ensure there is no appearance of conflict of interest.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish Water: Gerry Adams challenges Kenny on Ervia chief’s role in firm linked to meters

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to outline details of ‘extra resources’ later this week

Senator David Norris: critical of owners of buildings with multiple occupation whom he feared were “rack-renting”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Independent Senator horrified by state of ‘degraded and blighted’ Georgian Dublin

Leo Varadkar:  ‘As a member of a party I feel represents middle Ireland, why should we have to pay higher taxes for water when others will be paying nothing?’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Government backbenchers still unclear about reaction to new charges regime

Colm Burke: “The level of abuse and threats made to people has been outrageous.”     Photograph:  Tony O’Connell Photography

Sinn Féin Senator calls for Seanad debate on water charges

Billy Kelleher: “I will be paid €100 by the  Government some time next year that I did not seek and which I do not really need.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Radox ruled out for those with private wells, and tap end disputes considered

Tánaiste  Joan Burton and Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald argued over treatment of protesters by gardaí. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tánaiste tells Mary Lou McDonald to go to GSOC if she has complaints against gardaí

Tánaiste Joan Burton said Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald should make a complaint to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission if she felt gardaí had acted inappropriately. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Joan Burton says gardaí managed protests well under very difficult circumstances

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