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

 Tánaiste  Joan Burton says she is ‘satisfied’ Irish Water will pass Eurostat test. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste expresses confidence as Taoiseach says Government made mistakes

Gerard Craughwell: “I do not support the rent allowance being increased merely to give more profit to landlords.”

Seanad report: Independent says unless rental market controlled rents would only go up

Joan Burton: she said over the next 10 years Ireland had to fund a programme that would cost at least €600 million even to keep the current set-up in operation

Alan Kelly concedes Government and Irish Water made mistakes

Fergus O’Dowd said he had made it “exceptionally clear’’ that Irish Water should be a stand-alone company and should not be part of any other company or conglomerate if it had credibility. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD told Dáil he had said first repair to water system should be free for users

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