Richard Boyd Barrett: said there would be a large water charges protest on March 21st

There were sharp exchanges in the Dáil yesterday during a row over water charges legislation and the recovery of tenants’ unpaid bills. Minister for (...)

 Brendan O’Brien of Siptu said: “This is an issue where, for too long, two agencies refused to address the issue. The relationship has been characterised by competition, inter services rivalries. Somebody has to intervene and say this is not good enough we need to put patients safety first.” Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Members of the trade union Siptu working in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) are to ballot for industrial action in response to moves to transfer parts o(...)

 Joan Burton:  The content of her speech was good. The emphasis was on Labour’s role in the recovery, with its implied staying hand on  Fine Gael. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

Ireland awoke to reassuring news from Killarney yesterday morning: Labour is keeping an eye on The National Carrier.Their Skibbereen Eagle moment.The (...)

‘We’ve conquered ... fear and replaced it with hope.” If only. Tánaiste Joan Burton set out Labour’s stall on Saturday at its annual conference in Kil(...)

Brendan Howlin, Aodháin Ó Ríordáin, Alex White, Kathleen Lynch, Jed Nash and Jan O’Sullivan at the Labour party conference in Killarney at the weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:20

FIACH KELLYPolitical Correspondent The abolition of town councils – a key plank of the Coalition’s political reform programme – was wrong and should b(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and Tanaiste Joan Burton at the Labour Party conference at Killarney on Saturday morning . Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times 3:01

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he is not ruling out introducing legislation to deal with the high cost of rental accommodation.“We n(...)

Minister for the Environment and deputy leader Alan Kelly says Labour will run as an independent party at the next general election, with its own policies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times 3:01

Labour is very different from Fine Gael, Minister for the Environment and deputy leader Alan Kelly has said. “I would not like to have seen a g(...)

Minister for  Environment Alan Kelly: in October he announced developers would no longer be able to “buy their way out” of social housing obligations, but would be required to provide less social housing, at 10 per cent. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dublin City Council is seeking money instead of social housing in two of the largest residential developments planned for the city since the property (...)

Lorraine Higgins said estates faced issues ranging from building companies in receivership to financial institutions holding bonds that could not be accessed because of the preferential creditors’ rules.

Residents of a Galway housing estate were waiting 40 years for it to be taken over by the county council, Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins has said.Sh(...)

Figures obtained from Dublin City Council’s engineering department, but applying across Dublin region - which takes in one-third of the State’s population - show water usage was at its peak last September, which was to be the last month of free water. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Water consumption plummeted across the Dublin region when charges were introduced last October, but rose again the following month when the Government(...)