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 (...)

Fine Gael’s John King is polling well in the Mountmellick/Borris -in-Ossory district

Sinn Féin are poised to gain an extra seat in Laois with the wife of TD Brian Stanley, Caroline Dwane Stanley, doing well in the tallies in the Port(...)

One of the key proposals in the SF Bill is “that there be a minimum setback distance of 120 times the height of the turbines”

The Government has accepted a Sinn Féin Bill to set the distance of wind turbines from houses at 10 times the(...)

 Irish Water  meter installation.   Photograph: Colm Mahady / Fennells

Regulators will set water charges in August, meaning consumers will not know how much they will have to pay for water until after local and Eur(...)

Independent TD Richard Boyd Barrett pointed to the “frightening growth of far right, openly neo-Nazi parties around Europe, parading the streets and engaging in vicious racial violence and articulating the sort of obnoxious views that were articulated by the Nazis and the fascists of the 1930s and 1940s”.

The European Union as it is developing is a “recipe to repeat the horrors of the 1930s and the 1940s”, the Dáil has heard.Independent TD Richard Boyd (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said recent developments highlighted the importance of openess at Irish Water. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish Water will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act after both the Dáil and Seanad today passed a motion for its inclusion under the legisla(...)

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan:   said the fire brigade expected to have the blaze under control by this evening. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Seventy-five firefighters were involved at one point in dealing with the fire at the Oxigen waste recycling plant in Ballymount, Dublin, Minister f(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, a former minister for energy and natural resources, said the Fine Gael and Labour Coalition has three fundamental questions to answer on how the new utility was conceived and came into being.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said that three crucial changes and decisions made by the Coalition in setting up Irish Water may potentially c(...)

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar: “The late taking of specimens is not scientifically valuable.” Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has confirmed that motorists involved in hit-and-run incidents will face harsher criminal sanction.Prison sentence(...)