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(...)

When asked last night if Taoiseach Enda Kenny had confidence in John Tierney and the senior management team at Irish Water, Mr Kenny’s spokesman would only say: “The issue of Irish Water will be discussed at Cabinet.” Photograph:  Colm Mahady/Fennells

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said this morning he is not aware of any plans to alter the senior management team at Irish Water. Arriving at Gov(...)

Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance giving a Budget 2015 press conference at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson

1 am on a pension of €20,736. What is the benefit for me in the budget changes to the Universal Social Charge?Ms N O’C, email Following the budget, yo(...)

John Tierney: faces crucial board meeting today as his position comes under increasing pressure. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Water managing director John Tierney faces a crucial board meeting today as his position with the new semi-State company comes under increasing (...)

 Brendan Howlin Minister for Public Expenditure at a joint Budget 2015 Press conference at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson

Many Government departments argued against budget cuts and instead pitched for significant increases in spending as part part of the Government’s lat(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin told the Dá
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the primary purpose of the comprehensive review of expenditure was to provide an evidence base for Government decisions on ministerial expenditure ceilings for the next three years. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The departments of health and education sought almost €700 million more in funding than they were allocated in the budget, official papers show. Submi(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry snapped at Senator Mary White, when interrupted:
“You’re an ignorant goat.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

In recent years, budget night in the Dáil bar has been a rather dull and subdued affair.The place used to be heaving during Fianna Fáil’s heyday. It g(...)

The Garda Representative Association,  the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors and the two organisations representing superintendents and chief superintendents had sued the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. File photograph: Alan Betson

A legal action aimed at exempting gardaí from regulations introducing reduced sick pay entitlements in the public service has failed at the High Court(...)

Siptu’s Paul Bell: It is time for health workers to see a return of their lost earnings. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The next time the Government sits down with public service unions the aim will be to secure an agreement “that will see us into a new era beyond fisca(...)