Enda Kenny: suddenly, Enda has come over all coy. He had been happy to state his measure. Now, he doesn’t know how to say “when”. In Leinster House, people are puzzled. Photograph: Bloomberg

Once there was clarity. Not so long ago, there was a definite line. It wasn’t in the sand either, because sand is a discredited commodity where politi(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher polled 332 votes from more than 700 members at the selection convention in Letterkenny. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil selected outgoing TD Charlie McConalogue and former minister of state and MEP Pat “the Cope’’ Gallagher as its Donegal general election ca(...)

Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen said the figures,  obtained in a series of information requests to local authorities, showed 2,612 vacant properties. Photograph: Sara Freund

Local authorities have more than 2,600 vacant homes across the State and cuts in refurbishment funds of €6.15 million, according to Freedom of Informa(...)

The construction of one-off houses fell 40 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2015. Photograph: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie

The construction of one-off houses fell 40 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2015, according to figures from the National Housing Construc(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on the environment Barry Cowen says “the Government is significantly understating the extent of the crisis, using figures that are actually two years out of date.”  Photograph: Sara Freund

Almost 45 per cent more families and individuals are on social housing waiting lists than official Government figures show, Fianna Fáil has claimed. T(...)

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(...)