Where’s Mary Lou? Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald usually questions Tánaiste Joan Burton on the issues of the day on a Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

“Where’s Mary Lou?” asked Labour’s Robert Dowds when it came to Sinn Féin’s turn yesterday at Opposition Leaders’ Questions.He was referring to the ab(...)

Derek Nolan, centre: told the Dáil the level of anger on the streets of Galway about Irish Water was off the scale. Photograph: David Sleator

Government backbenchers expressed concern in the Dáil yesterday about Irish Water and the charges to be implemented. Sean Kyne (FG) said he wished he(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton told the Dáil today that  the timeline for Irish Water was ‘too ambitious’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has told the Dáil she does not “anticipate” any bonus payments in Irish Water until the company is “operational”.During heated ex(...)

 Willie O’Dea: has received ’no coherent explanation’ from Irish Water. Photograph: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea will not be submitting his PPS number to Irish Water because of its response to queries he made, he has told the Dáil.He t(...)

The chairman of the Commission for Energy Regulation, which regulates Irish Water, is appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment this afternoon to discuss water charges.

The Taoiseach today expressed confidence in Irish Water managing director John Tierney as the issue of the introduction of water charges continues to (...)

The furore surrounding Irish Water will not be resolved by the Government removing the company’s senior management and board from their roles, Fianna Fáil environment spokesman Barry Cowen has said.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

The furore surrounding Irish Water will not be resolved by the Government removing the company’s senior management and board from their roles, Fian(...)

Some 653,000 households will get the water support payment.

The exclusion of thousands of low-income households from both a new water support payment and a new water tax credit, is “wrong” and “very concerning(...)

Kathleen Chada outside Dublin Central Criminal Court this week after her husband was jailed for murdering their sons. Photograph: Collins Courts

The murder of Eoghan and Ruairí Chada is a crime that truly warrants the term “unspeakable”. Mere language seems inadequate to convey the horror of(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has today disowned comments made by former minister of state Fergus O’Dowd relating to Irish Water. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has today disowned comments made by former minister of state Fergus O’Dowd relating to Irish Water. “No, I do not agree with Dep(...)

A former Fine Gael minister has called on a director of Irish Water, Hilary Quinlan (above) ,who is also working as a ministerial driver, to step down from the board of the semi-state.

A former Fine Gael minister has called on a director of Irish Water, who is also working as a ministerial driver, to step down from the board of th(...)