Councillor Mannix Flynn launching an official guide to Temple Bar with artist Marta Wakula-Mac in 2008. Three years later he tabled a motion to move the trust under the  control of the council. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The final nail in the coffin of Temple Bar Cultural Trust has not quite been hammered home; Dublin City Council must wait for legislation before it ca(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan being questioned about  Irish Water at the launch of Activate Capital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Despite the Coalition’s muted protests about the troika forcing its hand on the water charges issue, Irish Water is very much a creature of Fine Gael.(...)

 John Tierney managing director of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

April 2009 Fine Gael suggests a new utility called Irish Water as part of its NewERA strategy.   November 2010 Fianna Fáil-led governm(...)

Minister for the Environment  Alan Kelly speaking to the media with John Tierney and Elizabeth Arnett of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Since before Irish Water was an apple in Phil Hogan’s eye, it has struggled to keep itself out of hot water and barely a week has passed since the beg(...)

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan. A group of State agencies have urged the council to ends its restrictions on high-rise buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

State agencies, including the National Transport Authority, the HSE and Nama, have urged Dublin City Council to remove restrictions on the constructi(...)

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(...)