A water leak which followed water meter installation works in Sandymount, south  Dublin. Irish Water has not been communicating effectively to people at the most basic level: on the phones and the doors.  Photograph: Frank Miller

From the start of the year it has been obvious Irish Water was going to be one of the biggest headaches for the Government, not just for 2014 but for (...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin TD. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin called for an amendment to the legislation introducing water charges to include an ability-to-pay clause during heat(...)

Fergus O’Dowd

Hell hath no fury like a former minister scorned. And so it was that Fergus O’Dowd, a former junior minister in the Department of the Environment, too(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny defended Irish Water in the Dáil yesterday following criticism by former minister of state Fergus O’Dowd.“Irish Water is here to(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has today disowned comments made by former minister of state Fergus O’Dowd relating to Irish Water. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has today disowned comments made by former minister of state Fergus O’Dowd relating to Irish Water. “No, I do not agree with Dep(...)

The spectacle of Cabinet Ministers suddenly distancing themselves from Irish Water after the former minister with responsibility for the semi-State utility criticised the unpopular organisation has been striking.

The spectacle of Cabinet Ministers suddenly distancing themselves from Irish Water after the former minister with responsibility for the semi-State ut(...)

“People feel that [Irish Water are ]  taking something off them that they’ve no right to get. Rightly or wrongly, people feel there has been an infringement of their privacy,”  Fergus O’Dowd has said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said everyone needs to understand they must make a contribution to the “precious” resource of water.Mr Kenny was responding t(...)

A former Fine Gael minister has called on a director of Irish Water, Hilary Quinlan (above) ,who is also working as a ministerial driver, to step down from the board of the semi-state.

A former Fine Gael minister has called on a director of Irish Water, who is also working as a ministerial driver, to step down from the board of th(...)

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton greet Michael Ring  as he joins fellow ministers of State on the steps of Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke.

“Mickeys missing!” shouted Enda, trying to be helpful.We scanned the ranks of the newly promoted Ministers of State arrayed on the steps in front of G(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton on the steps of Government Buildings today with new Ministers of State (back row, from left): Joe McHugh, Simon Harris, Kevin Humphries, Aodhán O’Riordán, Ged Nash, Dara Murphy, Ann Phelin, Tom Hayes, and (front row from left) Paul Kehoe, Damien English, Kathleen Lynch, Sean Sherlock, Paudie Coffey and Michael Ring. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:59

Wicklow Fine Gael TD Simon Harris has been appointed Minister of State in the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Refor(...)