Lorraine Higgins said estates faced issues ranging from building companies in receivership to financial institutions holding bonds that could not be accessed because of the preferential creditors’ rules.

Residents of a Galway housing estate were waiting 40 years for it to be taken over by the county council, Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins has said.Sh(...)

Labour party senator Lorraine Higgins said the 2nd February had never been a “drop dead deadline” for registering with Irish Water but said it was important “ for the purposes of allowances” that people register on Monday.

Labour party senator Lorraine Higgins said the 2nd February had never been a “drop dead deadline” for registering with Irish Water but said it was imp(...)

When is a deadline not a deadline and other Irish Water questions answered

Another Irish Water deadline? What is this one about?Well, people have until midnight on Monday February 2nd to sign up to Irish Water or else. Or els(...)

Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Picture Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin. Workers install water meters outside houses in Fortlawn Estate near Blanchardstown, west Dublin, earlier this year. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin 2:27

There will be no penalties imposed on those who fail to meet this week’s “deadline” for registration with Irish Water although some who fail to sign u(...)

Thousands of documents from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food were found on  Athenry Rd out of Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Andy Newman

Three investigations are now underway into how thousands of documents containing farmers’ personal details ended up on a roadside outside Tuam, Co Gal(...)

Thousands of householders who have been paying for water services on group schemes in rural areas still have no clarity about their future with Irish (...)

Fianna Fail spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath has said the argument over which politicians should be represented on the banking inquiry should end and the long-awaited investigation should proceed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath has accused the Government of trying to control the banking inquiry “lock, stock and barrel”.He said the(...)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the mother and baby home, Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has said the church has no records relating to the burial of deceased children at a Co Galway mother and baby home as(...)

Independent Trinity Senator Sean Barrett has been voted onto the banking inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government’s majority on the banking inquiry is in doubt after a Seanad committee voted to place two Opposition Senators on the long-awaited inves(...)

Minister of State for Transport Alan Kelly  during his announcement that he will seek election as Labour Party deputy leader. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times 2:20

Two new candidates have emerged as contenders for the Labour Party deputy leadership this lunchtime.Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean(...)