Brendan Howlin: The bills will be worked out, as promised, in “good time” to “allow people to make the budgetary adjustments that will be necessitated when charging for water commences at the end of this year and bills arrive next year”.

What a relief! Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has told the Dáil that Irish Water is no white elephant. That is reassuring, espe(...)

 The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan rejected a claim by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin that it was “pot luck” how a mortgage holder was treated, depending on which bank their loan was with.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Nobody stands up for the taxpayer anymore, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has told the Dáil as he defended the sale of IB(...)

Labour TD Derek Nolan

Concerns have been raised in the Dáil that Connemara families will lose out to a foreign private investor in the collection of(...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins expressed concern  the legislation would give the Government significant control over the newly merged organisation, “through a limited interpretation of human rights, control over membership and restrictions on what investigations the body can undertake”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Legislation to replace the Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission with a new organisation to be known as the Coimisiún na hÉireann(...)

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan accepted the second stage of Senator Feargal Quinn’s Bill. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government has accepted legislation by Independent Senator Feargal Quinn requiring the installation of ca(...)

Michael Noonan: Residential property prices still 47% lower nationally than in September 2007. Photograph: David Sleator

Residential property prices are still 47 per cent lower nationally than at their highest level in September 2007, Minister for(...)

One of the key proposals in the SF Bill is “that there be a minimum setback distance of 120 times the height of the turbines”

The Government has accepted a Sinn Féin Bill to set the distance of wind turbines from houses at 10 times the(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan considering introduction of ‘rounding’ scheme to eliminate 1c and 2c coins

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is expected to decide shortly on whether to introduce a national voluntary “rounding” sche(...)

Some 20 per cent of children’s calories were coming from high fat, high sugar and high salt treats, conference told. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

MARIE O’HALLORAN The battleground for obesity has moved to the playground and industry is the predator, a medical specialist on(...)

Olympic boxing silver medallist John Joe Nevin, seen here during his homecoming in Mullingar, Co Westmeath after the Olympics, was injured in an incident in the town overnight. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

A man is in custody following an incident in Mullingar last night in which Olympic boxer John Joe Nevin sustained a broken leg. Gardaí we(...)

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