John Collison, co-founder of Stripe, speaking    during the  Web Summit at the RDS in  November. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

For the first time since the financial crash, it was harder this year to pick the losers than the winners. As well-known businesses toppled and entrep(...)

A protest march against water charges on O’Connell Street, Dublin. The year started off badly for Irish Water and got worse. Photograph: Eric Luke

JANUARY Irish Water’s chief executive, John Tierney, appeared before the Oireachtas environment committee and said his utility would spend (...)

Supersoakers: water-charge protesters make it clear they aren’t for turning.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

They all saw it coming, but one saw it clearer than most – and, politically, lost much more than most. Eamon Gilmore, now a backbench Labour TD for Dú(...)

Water charge protests stirred up political change.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No issue comes close to water charges when measuring impact on the fortunes of political parties this year. Before its inception, the Government had f(...)

Minister for Social Protection, Tánaiste Joan Burton. Staff at her department vigorously opposed the handing over of PPS numbers – particularly of children – to Irish Water. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Staff at the Department of Social Protection vigorously opposed the handing over of PPS numbers – particularly of children – to Irish Water, it has em(...)

Tánaiste and Minister Joan Burton: publicly she and other ministers were insisting the PPS data would only be used by Irish Water to validate allowances but behind the scenes there was concern. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection warned Irish Water at their very first meeting that child benefit details could not be reliably used for the purpo(...)

Irish Water appears to have shown no pro-active interest in contacting the department: it wasn’t until September 18th that John Tierney, chief executive of Irish Water, wrote to secretary general, Niamh O’Donoghue. Photograph: Eric Luke

The testy tone of some exchanges between Department of Social Protection officials and Irish Water about what officials said was the utility’s failure(...)

Irish Water said cars and vans transporting workers have been blocked for hours at a time and have been damaged.  Tyres have been slashed and other equipment has been vandalised and barriers and signs burned.

Details of attacks on contractors installing meters on behalf of Irish Water, including physical assaults, have been sent by the company to Dublin Cit(...)

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(...)

Anti-water charges campaigners try to block Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin city centre last Sunday. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall

The people of Ireland should pat themselves on the back this morning for putting manners on the Government like never before. They might also want to(...)