Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea told the Dáil he will not give Irish Water his PPS number. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea told Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly in the Dáil tonight that he will not be giving Irish Water his PPS number.“I (...)

The chairman of the Commission for Energy Regulation, which regulates Irish Water, is appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment this afternoon to discuss water charges.

The Taoiseach today expressed confidence in Irish Water managing director John Tierney as the issue of the introduction of water charges continues to (...)

The All-Island Free Travel pass which was launched in 2007

The free travel scheme for pensioners is not sustainable in its current form, the Department of Social Protection warned in its pre-budget submissi(...)

Garda graduates

Reducing Garda regions from six to three to deal with “huge inefficiences’’ was suggested by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform ahead (...)

Moving the responsibility for prisoner healthcare “is also likely to lead to a better service to prisoners” according to the submission.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The transfer of responsibility for prisoner healthcare to the Department of Health and the HSE could generate savings of €4-€5 million annually after (...)

Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin has published a Private Members’ Bill calling for the mandatory employment of the long-term unemployed and apprentices in State contracts(...)

Micheál Martin: “All of that does not justify the yield of about €150 million. While I am not even suggesting this, putting 5 cent on a gallon of petrol would have raised the equivalent amount of revenue,” he said of the water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin challenged the scale of the financial return from Irish Water in Dáil exchanges with Tánaiste Joan Burton.He claimed(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the Constitution stipulated that members of the Seanad were elected by secret postal ballot, which could not be changed without a further constitutional referendum.

The Seanad was “elitist, undemocratic and unacceptable as an institution of the State”, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams told the Dáil.He said the Seanad (...)

Clare Daly: said an employee taken on by Hertz car hire was paid “the princely sum of €2.46 per hour for a period of months on the promise of a permanent position’’.  Photograph: Alan Betson

A total of €637,000 had been recovered in unpaid wages by the National Employment Rights Authority (Nera) up to the end of last month, Minister of Sta(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald claimed Wicklow County Council has warned tenants they could be evicted if they fail to pay water charges.

Wicklow County Council has warned tenants that they could be evicted if they fail to pay water charges, Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald clai(...)