Barry Cowen: the Fianna Fáil environment spokesman described the Bill as “stopgap”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A Bill to allow a Seanad byelection to go ahead and restore the Government’s majority in the Upper House has been passed in the Dáil. The (...)

Fianna Fáil has introduced legislation to ensure people forced to boil water are not subject to water charges.Moving a Private Members’ Bill the part(...)

Fine Gael TD  Andrew Doyle: introduced legislation to set voting hours at 7am to 10pm.

Voters living in commuter counties are most affected when polling station opening hours are reduced and this has a negative impact on turnout, Fine G(...)

Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer said that if  Ireland ‘is dear’ to the heart of Garth Brooks, as he said himself,  then he shouldn’t penalise the people who bought tickets for his concerts in Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Country singer Garth Brooks should not penalise the people who bought tickets for his concerts since Ireland is “dear to his heart”, the Dáil has hear(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen: TDs and Senators “would have hoped to have been privy to it, and had hoped to ask questions on it”

The exact pricing structure for water charges being proposed by Irish Water will be submitted to the Commission for Energy Regulation today, but is n(...)

Full list of candidates With a smaller number of council seats and three town councils abolished, Offaly’s local election race will be hotly co(...)

The Minister for Environment Phil Hogan has told the Dáil that around one million householders are at risk because of “not up to scratch” water quality. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

About one million householders are at risk because of “not up to scratch” water quality, Minister for Environment Phil Hogan has told the Dáil.He said(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: told Dáil yesterday some of the media reports about a fixed charge might be based on a draft memo from Irish Water. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The local elections campaign began in earnest in the Dáil yesterday. The dominant issue was water charges, which has, in the past, been a centr(...)

According to a report, Irish Water has proposed a ¤100 standing charge per household.

Irish Water has sought the introduction a standing charge for households but the Government has said a decision is yet to be made on the matter(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin

The cost of water for householders under the metering scheme will be decided “in good time”, Minister for Public Expenditure B(...)