Tánaiste and Minister Joan Burton: publicly she and other ministers were insisting the PPS data would only be used by Irish Water to validate allowances but behind the scenes there was concern. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection warned Irish Water at their very first meeting that child benefit details could not be reliably used for the purpo(...)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

The Government this week has been knocking on the door of various State-owned companies looking for cash. It’s all part of a plan agreed in the budget(...)