Above: Filter tanks in the Liffey Works Water Treatment Plant in Ballymore Eustace. Below (left to right): former minister for environment Phil Hogan, Irish Water director John Tierney, and Minister for Environment Alan Kelly. Photographs: The Irish Times.

From Fianna Fáill’s abolishment of water charges in 1978, through to Minister Alan Kelly’s revised package today, here’s a brief history of water cha(...)

‘Seán MacBride  had sent an even more obsequious letter to archbishop McQuaid on his own election to the Dáil.’

It is difficult to believe how much the religious atmosphere of Ireland has changed over the lifetime of many of us. Life itself, of course, has chang(...)

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(...)

A senior Labour Party minister has said he has doubts over whether the Economic Management Council (EMC), the four member committee which sets econom(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly with Irish Water chief John Tierney at the Ringsend water treatment plant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The substantial recasting of the Coalition’s water charges plan is a clear indication of how potent the issue is politically, and how much of a danger(...)

The scene on O’Connell Street on Saturday as thousands flocked to the city to demonstrate against water charges. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There was a touch of St Patrick’s Day about Saturday.With the rain and parades and the fancy dress, but without the drink. The bus was crowded going i(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: appointed David Leach, one of Eamon Gilmore’s key lieutenants, to a key role in the Labour Party.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has appointed one of Eamon Gilmore’s key lieutenants to the most senior full time position within Labour, with a focus on electio(...)

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(...)

Chin wag: Labour party members pose for a group photo at Whites Hotel In Wexford. “When you shoot people from above, it tends to eliminate double chins,” explained a photographer. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It appeared Labour was taking the weekend’s opinion poll very badly.Their annual think-in didn’t sound like it was going too well either. As the openi(...)