Patrick O’Donovan TD, Fine Gael: said “ordinary working people” in rural areas were “sick to the back teeth of listening to people give out” about them receiving the €100 grant. Photograph:  Brian Gavin

A Government backbencher has told the Dáil the €100 water conservation grant should be an ongoing scheme because of the costs involved in group water (...)

Amendments to the Government’s climate change legislation will take the bare look off its commitment to engage seriously with global warming issues at(...)

Activists have been calling for an 80 per cent reduction target in carbon emissions to be enshrined in Irish legislation, as it is in other European states. This has been resisted by the Irish Farmers’ Association, however. File photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Government has bowed to criticism from environmental groups by moving to address the absence of specific emission targets in its climate change Bi(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly (above) officially opened Clúid housing association’s development in Belmayne, Dublin 13 on July 1st, 2015. With him is Clúid tenant Helen Maguire. Photograph: Stuart McNamara

A Dublin housing scheme which was launched with an eye-catchingly lavish advertising campaign in 2007 - but became a a ghost estate after the property(...)

Independent TD Catherine Murphy launched a scathing attack in the Dáil on the Government’s handling of legislation dealing with water services

Independent TD Catherine Murphy launched a scathing attack in the Dáil on the Government’s handling of legislation dealing with water services. She sa(...)

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 (...)

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, said some families had reported being turned away by local authorities when they presented as homeless. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The number of homeless children in Dublin has surpassed 1,000 for the first time since the homelessness crisis began last year. The latest figures fr(...)

Garth Brooks in Croke Park, where he was due to play five concerts last year.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Proposals issued by the Government this week will not prevent a fiasco like last year’s cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park recurr(...)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment Paudie Coffey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish Water provisions, which ensure a house cannot be sold until charges are paid, have been introduced to bring “clarity and certainty for landlords(...)

 Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming: “It is introducing a series of amendments at the latest possible stage in the Dáil to a Bill that has nothing to do with water charges”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has been accused of trying to ram through “draconian laws forcing people to pay their water charges”. Minister for the Environme(...)