Water charge protests stirred up political change.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No issue comes close to water charges when measuring impact on the fortunes of political parties this year. Before its inception, the Government had f(...)

 Minister for the Environment  Alan Kelly: “I believe that what we have here is as far as we can go, hand on heart.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he has gone as far as he can to guarantee there will be no privatisation of Irish Water.“I believe t(...)

Alan Kelly: A huge distinction was being made “between those who can’t pay and those who won’t”. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Seanad debate on the controversial Water Services Bill will resume on Monday after more than 16 hours of debate ended early on Saturday. During th(...)

MARIE O’HALLORANThe Seanad has rejected by 30 votes to 22 a Sinn Féin proposal that any decision by a future Oireachtas to privatise water services wo(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has reacted strongly to Minister for Environment Alan Kelly’s description of his recent remarks on water legislation as “silly”.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has reacted strongly to Minister for Environment Alan Kelly’s description of his recent remarks on water legislation (...)

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said: “Some comments made previously earlier on in the week by a colleague of mine were unnecessary and probably silly, to be frank - you know, lecturing people as regards the consequences of what happens if they don’t pass this legislation.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government had a comfortable Seanad majority of 31 to 26 in the first vote on the Water Services Bill, with the support of four Independents.Senat(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the country is now ‘in a slightly different position’ on the timing of a possible referendum on abortion law followingthe case of a pregnant woman on life support.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the country is now “in a slightly different position” on the timing of a possible referendum on abortion law(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he will not be taking Senators votes for granted as the Seanad debates controversial water legislation today.Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said he will not be taking Senators’ votes for granted as the Seanad debates controversial water legislati(...)

Ruth Coppinger TD:  said it was “absolutely ludicrous” to suggest there was a consensus in the House against privatisation of water services. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Controversial water charges legislation that has convulsed the State for more than a year, has been passed in the Dáil by 81 votes to 58. The Water S(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said a “seismic” process is under way at Irish Water to delete all Personal Public Service numbers supplied to it. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A “seismic” process is under way at Irish Water to delete all Personal Public Service (PPS) numbers supplied to the company, Minister for the Environm(...)