The national inspection plan was announced by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan last July. Photograph: Alan Betson

Septic-tank owners will not be flushed with success today following the news that more than half of household tan(...)

The Avoca River in Arklow, Co Wicklow.  Arklow is one of seven large towns which does not have a secondary waste water treatment plant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Raw sewage is being discharged into rivers, lakes and the sea in 42 towns and villages around the State, according to the Environmental Protect(...)

Irish Water, the new State utility, will have “a lot of work to do to provide safe and secure drinking water to the public,” according to Gerard O’Lea(...)