Back from the hols: Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton. Photograph: Alan Betson

Enda and Joan invited a few people around yesterday afternoon to see in the new political year. There was a good turnout for their press conference in(...)

In some of the complaints it is alleged a lack of care or the poor treatment of now deceased persons contributed to their deaths.

Gardaí are reviewing 700 complaints relating to residential care homes for the disabled and nursing homes for the elderly.The detail of a large volume(...)

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 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(...)

Leo Varadkar:  ‘As a member of a party I feel represents middle Ireland, why should we have to pay higher taxes for water when others will be paying nothing?’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said that anti-water charges campaigner Brendan Ogle wants to see middle-class people pay more tax for water.Mr(...)

Fergus O’Dowd said he had made it “exceptionally clear’’ that Irish Water should be a stand-alone company and should not be part of any other company or conglomerate if it had credibility. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd said he threatened to resign as a minister of state with responsibility for Irish Water in a disagreement with its chief ex(...)

“What is needed now is that the authorities have the information they need to do their job - protecting and supporting survivors of abuse and as far as possible, preventing future abuse,” Minister for Children James Reilly said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Child and Family Agency Tusla has received “some non-specific” information from survivors of sexual abuse, Minister for Children James Reilly has conf(...)

Anti-water charge marchers on the streets of  O’Connell St, Dublin  when  thousands flocked to the city to demonstrate against the new  charge. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Senior figures in the Coalition yesterday called for a major recasting of Irish Water by setting up a Government committee to re-examine the entire(...)

Fergus O’Dowd: former junior minister says Irish Water must bring in a voluntary redundancy package for about 1,000 of its 4,000-plus workforce to cut its costs. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bills for water charges should be “put on hold” until a Government committee takes a proper look at Irish Water and brings forward a comprehensive so(...)

Irish Water’s John Tierney: said he is committed to seeing out his tenure.  File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former junior minister Fergus O’Dowd, who was responsible for setting up Irish Water, has called on John Tierney to resign.“I think Mr Tierney should (...)