Civil partnership battle: in 2007 the Greens and Fianna Fáil fought over equal treatment. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

This oral history has contributions from: Dermot Ahern Former minister for justice Dan Boyle Former Green Party TD and senator Suzy(...)

The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, has announced households made up of two adults or more will have to pay €160 a year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Another Q&A about Irish Water? Seriously? Have we not been here before? Yes, yes we have. This is the fifth water-based Q&A we’ve done in j(...)

A water vessel next to a garden shed is a good idea for conservation but talk of canny consumers cutting costs could well dry up after today’s announcement

With the deluge of bad news that has swamped Irish Water, it is easy to forget that conservation was supposed to be at the heart of the project.The in(...)

People protesting against the  Poolbeg incinerator plan in 2010. The project has had numerous financial, legal and political obstacles in the past seven years. Photograph: Eric Luke

Work has begun on the €600 million Poolbeg waste incinerator in Dublin, seven years after the facility was granted permission by An Bord Pleanála.Con(...)

‘The Minster failed to mention the incinerator in his speech, but if we are to believe everything he said regarding waste policy, then it is never going to happen,’ said Green party leader Eamon Ryan, Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

This week at the Environment Ireland Conference new Minister for Environment Alan Kelly got tough on badly-behaved bin collection companies. In his fi(...)

A computer-enhanced image of the   Covanta incinerator at Poolbeg, Dublin

Dublin City Council will next week learn whether it can go ahead with the development of the controversial €600 million Poolbeg waste incinerator. T(...)

 Phil Hogan: His appointment  as EU commissioner is expected to be announced this week, when details of the Cabinet reshuffle are released. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan should answer questions in the Dáil if he is appointed EU commissioner, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said(...)

Brian Cowen. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Taoiseach’s wish to make Ireland the best small country in the world in which to hold inquiries took a bit of a battering again yesterday. In the (...)

Sinn Féin councillors will be obliged to do everything in their power to root out corruption during the next council term, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adam(...)

The people of Dublin should be asked directly whether they want, or do not want, an elected Lord Mayor. Talk about a democratic revolution has (...)