Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was confident Irish Water would pass the so-called market test when the European Commission examined the new structure unveiled by the Government this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Enda Kenny ‘confident’ Irish Water will pass European Commission’s ‘market test’

Independent TD Lucinda Creighton gauges interest in the formation of a new political party. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

It would allow her take ‘guidance’ from her supporters about whether there is an appetite for a new party

Tax and spending changes made in the budget will be publicised in run-up to Christmas

Sheila Giles Mullan with protesters outside Leinster House yesterday as the Government announced a revised package of water charges. Photograph: PA

Government hoping new package will encourage more people to register

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly arriving at Government Buildings for the Cabinet meeting on water charges this morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ministers insist public concerns listened to with permanent cap set to be part of system

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly, who will unveil the final water charges plan today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

New charges will be fixed at €160 for families and €60 for single adult houses

Irish Water staff will not be paid any bonuses for 2014 and the entire pay structure is to be reviewed.

Entire pay structure at the utility to be reviewed, 2014 bonuses for staff scrapped

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: said  last year she was “struck” by  comments of the Rape Crisis Centre and the Crisis Pregnancy Agency, who also opposed the move. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Cabinet decision never taken on memo from Shatter on bringing age down from 17

Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald will be  “turning up for work as normal” today despite being suspended until Wednesday, a Sinn Féin spokesman said.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD’s ‘antics’ prevented Dáil debate on legislation, says Minister for Health

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