In some of the complaints it is alleged a lack of care or the poor treatment of now deceased persons contributed to their deaths.

Gardaí are reviewing 700 complaints relating to residential care homes for the disabled and nursing homes for the elderly.The detail of a large volume(...)

Fergus O’Dowd said he had made it “exceptionally clear’’ that Irish Water should be a stand-alone company and should not be part of any other company or conglomerate if it had credibility. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd said he threatened to resign as a minister of state with responsibility for Irish Water in a disagreement with its chief ex(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny defended Irish Water in the Dáil yesterday following criticism by former minister of state Fergus O’Dowd.“Irish Water is here to(...)

“People feel that [Irish Water are ]  taking something off them that they’ve no right to get. Rightly or wrongly, people feel there has been an infringement of their privacy,”  Fergus O’Dowd has said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said everyone needs to understand they must make a contribution to the “precious” resource of water.Mr Kenny was responding t(...)

Some 90 per cent of the €6.8 billion in State money could end up being invested exclusively in Dublin, says Waterford TD  John Deasy. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

Fine Gael backbencher John Deasy has accused the Government of ignoring regional development.He said the distribution of investment across the State (...)

Enda Kenny: speaking in the Seanad on the establishment of an inquiry into the recording of phone calls in Garda stations. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed that in the past two weeks he received a number of correspondences alleging wrongdoing by ga(...)

Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd: Denies angling charge will be introduced. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government has no plans to introduce a compulsory charge for anglers, a Minister of State said (...)

Fianna Fáil’s Seán Fleming, leader Micheál Martin and Dara Calleary outside the Dáil yesterday. Mr Martin claimed in the Dáil that  the Garda commissioner “was pushed aside following a series of deeply suspicious events”. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

In the Dáil yesterday, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin accused Minister for Justice Alan Shatter of “hiding awa(...)

Openness, transparency and accountability ought to have been essential elements of the “democratic revolution” promised by Fine Gael and Labour when t(...)

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan and and his junior minister Fergus O’Dowd are facing mounting criticism over their level of knowledge about the spending and are likely to be called before the Oireachtas environment committee to answer questions on the issue.

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has insisted he was unaware of the level of money spent by Irish Water on consultants even though the new semi(...)