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(...)

Voters have rejected the opportunity to reduce the minimum age for candidates from 35 to 21 years of age. 2:14

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the presidential age referendum got “sidelined” because attention was focused on the same-sex marriage poll. The (...)

Richard Bruton: said the Government was sitting down with stakeholders to see how the potential of the regions could be best developed

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton rejected a claim that the Government was neglecting rural Ireland in heated Dáil exchanges with Fianna Fáil TD Barry(...)

Landlords may have misunderstood a new measure stating that a tenant’s deposit can be retained until water charges for a rental property have been paid, Minister for Children James Reilly has said.

Landlords may have misunderstood a new measure stating that a tenant’s deposit can be retained until water charges for a rental property have been pai(...)

Grassroots canvassing: Bobby Aylward, the Fianna Fáil candidate, looking for support in Piltown, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Amid birdsong and beneath blue skies, rural Co Kilkenny is revealing some of its glories:green fields, the budding beech and oak of Jenkinstown woods,(...)