Fine Gael TD Seán Conlan (second left)  at  the Employment Appeals Tribunal yesterday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Sides differ about level of engagement before employment of secretarial assistant ended

 Managing director  of Irish Water John Tierney:  his reluctance  to address concerns about the water metering and charging system means he has made himself an easy scapegoat.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Managing director must try harder to keep his head above water

The assessed water charge is set at €176 for the first adult, with an extra €102 per additional adult in the home

Taoiseach says new charges package to be announced in coming weeks

Sources said Taoiseach Enda Kenny was present at the meeting but did not give any commitments on the issues raised by his TDs and Senators. Photograph: Eric Luke

Senators and TDs request period for fixed water charges be extended

Alan Kelly: said he raised a number of issues with Mr Tierney but would not go into the detail of a “private meeting”

MD Tierney says it is ‘humbling’ to see the work his staff are doing on public’s behalf

Rose Hynes:  chairwoman of  Irish Water

Governance of Irish Water

Irish Water’s  John Tierney: denied he was asked to step down from his position.  File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Utility company’s managing director says he has ‘one of the most difficult jobs’

The Coalition is considering extending the period during which households will pay an effective fixed rate water charge to allow for the further installation of water meters

Irish Water claims installation of 455,000 meters has beaten target for the year

John Tierney, managing director, Irish Water. Photograph: Alan Betson

Moving Tierney won’t stop flow of negative sentiment

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