More than one third of TDs have been missing for each vote on the controversial legislation to implement changes to the water charges regime.During tw(...)

Catherine Murphy TD (Ind): “Why did you choose to accept a more expensive option that required us to borrow from the Pension Reserve Fund with massive interest costs?”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A water meter is installed somewhere in Ireland every 30 seconds, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has told the Dáil. Irish Water has installed(...)

Sinn Féin’s Brian Stanley: asked why the costs had increased

The initial estimated cost of €431 million for water metering was based on the best available information at the time, Minister for the Environment(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: Trapped for over two hours in her car at the weekend by a baying mob and yesterday, trapped in the Chamber for over 40 minutes and fearing her ears were about to bleed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill 4:44

“We’re listening,” they croaked, dripping with humility and contrition.“We have made mistakes.” A chastened Government front bench took up position in(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly yesterday moved to allay fears that there is a long-term plan to privatise Irish Water. He said he would intro(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald outside the Houses of the Oireachtas last week after her Dáil sit-in. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The mob-like behaviour of anti-water charges protesters in Tallaght at the weekend puts in the ha’penny place former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s 2011 war(...)

Joe Higgins: said Enda Kenny had to be protected by gardaí as a result of popular discontent.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

And with one bound, our hero was free. Until next Wednesday. Everything will be explained then. Where once there was fear and anxiety, there will be c(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said he changed his mind about paying water charges after taking part in a protest march in Dundalk last week.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said he changed his mind about paying water charges after taking part in a protest march in Dundalk last week.When Si(...)

The Coalition said in May that the free allowance for children would be set at 38,000 litres per year, but draft price plans published by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) yesterday said “the normal consumption of a child is currently expected to be 21,000 litres per year”.

Irish Water has insisted children will be provided with an adequate allowance to ensure their water usage is free after substantially decreasing the i(...)

Barry Cowen: the Fianna Fáil environment spokesman described the Bill as “stopgap”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A Bill to allow a Seanad byelection to go ahead and restore the Government’s majority in the Upper House has been passed in the Dáil. The (...)