Leo Varadkar talks to the media in Trinity College after leaving talks yesterday: the outlines of a compromise were agreed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The emerging deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the future of Irish Water and of water charges comes after days of stalemate and an inconclusi(...)

Last August I spoke to someone in the political system who put the case – from the point of view of the Government parties – for calling a November ge(...)

Irish Water said it made a total capital investment of €548 million last year, which included over 300 water upgrade projects and work on the controversial meter installation programme

Gas Networks Ireland (GNI), which is owned by Irish Water’s parent Ervia, plans to tap bond markets towards the end of this year to raise €500 million(...)

Adrian Kane of Siptu: said Irish Water workers were “very angry” that they were not being paid what they had earned. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Water staff are set to challenge a board decision not to pay performance-related awards. Workers at the utility were in line for bonuses of up (...)

Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin. Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Irish Water has denied water meter installations will come to an end in Dublin this week.The utility company spoke out following Sinn Féin’s claims a (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “Mr McNicholas will step down from his role on the advisory committee of NTR to ensure there is no appearance of conflict of interest.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny accused members of Sinn Féin of engaging in insulting behaviour in Limerick on Monday night.In sharp Dáil exchanges with SF leade(...)

Water charge protestors outside Leinster House in Dublin yesterday. Photovgraph: PA

Seven potential landmines lie in wait for the Government as it attempts to gain public acceptance for water charges with its vastly revised regime. 1.(...)

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

The Government and Irish Water made mistakes in the introduction of charges, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly told the Dáil.He said they had (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he hopes Irish Water “amicably” follows through on a decision to not pay staff bonuses for this year given the “difficulties” at the utility company. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he hopes Irish Water “amicably” follows through on a decision to not pay staff bonuses for this year give(...)

All cars are not alike when it comes to wading depth so even if you’re driving an SUV take care on flooded roads tonight. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Had a peek out the window lately? Go on, get your head up from that Excel file and check out the gloom and wetness. Ireland in November is rarely, if (...)