Salvaging Irish Water

Having made an unholy mess of its efforts to introduce water charges, the Government has added to the confusion in advance of a general election. Ther(...)

Protesters at one of the many anti-water charge demonstrations since the levy was announced. Photograph: The Irish Times

Senior Coalition figures believe changes will have to be made to the structure of water charges to help “draw a line” under controversies surrounding (...)

Irish Water’s logo.

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen has said the implementation of water charges is “getting more farcical by the day” because PPS number(...)

Water protesters on a demonstration at Merrion Square. Minister of State Simon Harris said the Coalition has provided “claritiy” on charges. Photograph: The Irish times

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris has called on Opposition parties to be honest with the Irish people after it was reported (...)

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(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has been criticised by the opposition for pulling out of a debate on Irish Water at the MacGill summer school.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has been criticised by the opposition for pulling out of a debate on Irish Water at the MacGill summer scho(...)

Last week Irish Water announced 46 per cent of households had paid their water charge bills.

Irish Water needs a compliance rate of just over 50 per cent to make the figures “stack up”, Minister for State Kathleen Lynch has said. Referring to(...)

The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, with John Tierney and Elizabeth Arnett of Irish Water. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

It emerged this week that less than half of the water charge payments due in Irish Water’s first billing cycle were paid. The company collected €30.5(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Mr McGrath has claimed that Irish Water is a ‘wild animal’ and that the Government has rejected legislation that would ‘tame the beast’. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Government has rejected legislation that aims to “tame the beast of Irish Water”, Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said. Mr McGrath described t(...)

“If guaranteed independence is good enough for advice on the fiscal budget why not for climate policy?”

Opposition TDs are seeking to have four State-backed agencies removed from a new expert group on climate change in a bid to preserve its independenc(...)