Independent TD Catherine Murphy says she had asked specific parliamentary questions about awarding contracts for the installation of water meters, one of which was “flatly refused” and the reply to another question was “so anaemic it was a non-answer”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Questions have been raised in the Dáil about the procedures used in awarding contracts for the installation of water meters and if they met European (...)

Roscommon resident  fills up water containers from a well. File  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Householders in northeast Roscommon will not have clean water until March 2017, more than a year after the next general election, the Dáil has heard.A(...)

Catherine Murphy: insisted that providing shelter for the homeless was about money

Providing accommodation for the homeless was not just a question of money: “It is a question of managing effectively . . . to have as many people off(...)

Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellis introduced a Dáil debate on the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill to deal with an anomaly in existing legislation.

A Garda training programme on domestic violence, axed because of lack of funding, must be re-instated, the chairman of the Oireachtas justice committe(...)

Independent TD Catherine Murphy: said   ‘people are not fools’. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish

The Government has not managed to “brainwash” people about water charges, which remain a revenue raising and not a conservation issue, Independent TD (...)

Terry Leyden: ‘58 members of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party lost their seats’. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Tánaiste says she hoped people would be able to speak more freely to the Oireachtas banking inquiry following the publication of the 2010 letter f(...)

 Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said in the Dail today that the publication of the  letters between former finance minister Brian Lenihan and then ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet were “very poignant” considering Lenihans illness at the time. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton hopes the publication of letters between former finance minister Brian Lenihan and then ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet over Ir(...)

Catherine Murphy asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny where he placed himself “in this blame game”

The controversy surrounding water charges was more than a communications issue, Independent TD Catherine Murphy told the Dáil.“It is a loss of trust (...)

Dáil business was abandoned after a row over speaking rights. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 1:29

Business was abandoned for the day in the Dáil this afternoon following a row over speaking rights during which three TDs were suspended.The Dáil was (...)

 Catherine Murphy:  claimed Bills to reform the construction industry “fall way behind” on the Dáil schedule

Legislation the construction sector most wants to see changed is on the Government’s priority list while Bills to reform the industry “fall way behind(...)