Water charge protests stirred up political change.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Water was the hot political issue of 2014, but though the law for the new charge is about to be passed, the Coalition are far from(...)

Sgt Maurice McCabe who compiled a dossier with allegations of Garda malpractice and failures within his own division of Cavan-Monaghan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Sgt McCabe went to Micheál Martin with his dossier after rejection by complaints office

Sean Guerin investigated claims from Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe (above)  that serious crimes were not properly investigated by gardai.

Claims of inefficiency and malpractice between 2007 and 2010 including murder case

Cathaoirleach  Paddy Burke of Fine Gael holds the casting vote in the Seanad. Photograph: Eric Luke

Government Senators are now in a minority in the 60-seat upper chamber

The  Coalition initially promised it would publish a Bill in 2012 but a series of reviews ordered by former minister Phil Hogan meant the  date was pushed back first to 2013, and then to 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Current Coalition initially promised it would publish Bill in 2012

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan said it was “important that all parties renew their focus”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister says it is positive that talks continued after Kenny and Cameron exit

Gardaí attempt to clear anti-water charge protestors from O’Connell Bridge in Dublin on Wednesday night. Photograph:  Aidan Crawley

Garda put size of crowd at 30,000; organisers claim 100,000 attended

Richard Boyd Barrett addresses the crowd. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Figures put crowd on Dublin streets at between 30,000 and 100,000 people

The funeral of former Kerry South TD Jackie Healy-Rae is led by Jackie’s pony ‘Peig’ past his pub in Kilgarvan village. Photograph: Eamonn Keogh/MacMonagle

Constituents and politicians pay their respects to the former deputy

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