Protesters at an Anti-Water Charges Rally in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The latest twist in the Irish Water saga is a huge political embarrassment for the Coalition. To make matters worse there is nothing the parties in go(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan being questioned about  Irish Water at the launch of Activate Capital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Despite the Coalition’s muted protests about the troika forcing its hand on the water charges issue, Irish Water is very much a creature of Fine Gael.(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said he would be seeking a review of Eurostat’s decision at the earliest opportunity. File photograph: Dave Meehan

A heated row has broken out between the Central Statistics Office and Eurostat over the EU agency’s ruling on Irish Water. The CSO alleged there we(...)

 John Tierney managing director of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

April 2009 Fine Gael suggests a new utility called Irish Water as part of its NewERA strategy.   November 2010 Fianna Fáil-led governm(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: wrote to council chief executive Owen Keegan last month. Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

In December 2007, Dublin City Council changed its development plan to increase the minimum size of one-bedroom apartments to 55sq m and restrict apart(...)

Minister for the Environment  Alan Kelly speaking to the media with John Tierney and Elizabeth Arnett of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Since before Irish Water was an apple in Phil Hogan’s eye, it has struggled to keep itself out of hot water and barely a week has passed since the beg(...)

This Big Sister would certainly be in favour of giving compulsory voting a try. Photograph: Getty Images

Imagine what kind of Ireland we would have if all those who tend not to vote came out and made their voices heard in the upcoming general election. If(...)

Anti water charge protest. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

It will take at least another year before Irish Water can get a true sense of how many households will pay water charges, according to the chief execu(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sligo was to the fore on the political radar this week, what with the Cabinet decamping for a day to Lissadell House and Senator Marc MacSharry turnin(...)

‘We have allowed our people’s most basic requirement – a place to call home, a place where they can live their lives and bring up their children in security, privacy and safety — to become a debased currency.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The need for a coherent national housing policy has never been greater as we attempt to grapple with the legacy of failure from the past three decades(...)